Episode 76: Seed Dispersal and Weed-eating Goats

 

A seed is a plant in embryonic form, and it is in this form that plants, which are generally immobile organisms, have the chance to move about. They do this with the help of outside forces like gravity, wind, water, and other organisms. In this episode, Casey provides us with a brief overview of seed dispersal, including an introduction to a few of the major players.

Equipped with a tuft of silky hairs, the seeds of narrowleaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) are dispersed by the wind.

Speaking of seed dispersers – – goats! Due to their voracious appetites and their willingness to eat just about anything, goats have been employed to go after noxious weeds that have invaded vacant lots and natural areas. But there are some downsides to doing so. Daniel shares a few reasons why goats might not always be the best option for weed control.

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See Also: Seed Dispersal by Way of Tree Climbing Goats

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This episode aired on Radio Boise in August 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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