Plant biology: The flower of seduction

Ledford, Heidi
February 2007
Nature;2/22/2007, Vol. 445 Issue 7130, p816
Academic Journal
The article presents a study that analyzes the scents of some deceptive orchids which is used to lure insects. It states that dishonesty seems to be a bad policy for orchids, but deception may be worthwhile because it prevents inbreeding and increase the quality of seeds. On the other hand, the finding revealed how sexual deception could have evolved in the species by gradual modification of systems that plant was using to make its own compounds.


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