Figs and wasps: Unravelling nature’s intricate relationships9 min read . Updated: 03 Apr 2016, 04:58 PM IST
Scientists are still plumbing the depths of communication between and across animal and plant species
The luscious sweet fig is an expert in Machiavellian tactics. It tricks wasps by seducing them with scents for its own benefit, often with the wasp losing out. The ant-plant Humboldtia, on the other hand, is benevolent—the leaves secrete nectar to attract ants and unique arboreal earthworms, which then take shelter in the plants.
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