Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 14, 2021

Plant evolves to become less visible to humans

University of Exeter  reports

 A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans, new research shows.

Scientists found that Fritillaria delavayi plants, which live on rocky slopes of China’s Hengduan mountains, match their backgrounds most closely in areas where they are heavily harvested.

This suggests humans are “driving” evolution of this species into new colour forms because better-camouflaged plants have a higher chance of survival.

Read more at: Home page news – Plant evolves to become less visible to humans – University of Exeter


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