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How can animals help plants reproduce?
Question Date: 2005-10-25
Answer 1:

Animals can help plants reproduce in a few ways.

1.Some flowering plants use wind to transfer their pollen to other plants. But others use insects or birds to distribute their pollen. Insects (like bees) can be attracted to the flowers by the bright colors of the petals or smell and are attracted to the nectar in the flower. The pollen sticks to the insects and is distributed when they fly away. When the insect flies to another flower for nectar, the pollen body brushes off to help fertilize the flower.

2.Some animals help reproduce by eating the fruit of the plant including the seeds. Since plants cannot move, they rely on animals and the wind to scatter their seeds. The digested seeds are the dispersed and will eventually germinate and grow into a new plant. Some seeds will not germinate until they are digested.

Many animals will eat plant seeds: birds, mammals and reptiles.

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