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A Bohemian waxwing eating mountain ash berries. Lisa Hupp, USFWS/Flickr

With fewer animals to spread their seeds, plants could have trouble adapting to climate change

Forests around the world will need to shift their ranges to adapt to climate change. But many trees and plants rely on animals to spread their seeds widely, and those partners are declining.
Researchers crack the conundrum about why African Baobab trees in southern Africa differ in terms of fruit production. Sarah Venter

The sex organs of baobab flowers may solve the puzzle of trees that bear more fruit

Baobab flowers have male and female parts but individual trees appear to be favouring one rather than the other. To keep tree populations healthy and fruitful, both types are needed.
The finicky fruit took some time to adapt to California’s climate. Print Collector via Getty Images

Love avocados? Thank the toxodon

If it weren’t for historical and biological happenstance, few would be eating avocados today.

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