How Seeds Get Around

Because they're pretty much stuck in one place, plants usually need help to spread seeds. Here's how they do it.

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Burdock seedpods have hooks that stick to clothing and animals' fur — and even your hands. The pods eventually break open or are smashed, scattering the seeds. The idea for sticky fasteners on shoes, jackets, bags and more, came from observing seeds that stick to things.

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