Seed dispersal

Duration 01:12

Plant seeds can be dispersed in a number of different ways. Some seeds are transported by wind, and have seeds designed to float, glide or spin through the air. Plants growing near a river may use the flowing water to transport their seeds. Some seed pods are designed to explode and project the seeds a good distance from the parent plant.

Many plants also use animals to carry seeds around. These seeds may have handy hooks which attach to an animal’s fur. Alternatively, the plants might make tasty fruit to enclose the seeds, which attract animals to eat them.

This clip is from:
Science Clips, Life Cycles
First broadcast:
10 October 2007

This clip is useful as an introduction to seed dispersal, which could be followed up with an activity within the school grounds or local park looking at plants and identifying how their seeds are dispersed. Children could make simple animations using ICT to show a form of seed dispersal.