How does having a large, sweet fruit benefit a plant?
Apart from that yummy portion of a fruit, what else does it contain?
True - but how about structures that the plant 'makes'? For example...what's at the core of an apple, once you eat through the outer layers?
You are correct. Also consider: when we see large, juicy fruits - we are certainly more tempted to eat them. Now, tie this in with a little evolution logic and try to come up with a solution to your original question!
Kama230, can we now say that large and sweet fruits will attract man and animals to the plants, who will eat the fruits and through the seeds else where and therefore promote dispersal of seeds and plants?
Yes :) I believe so. An interesting case with man in particular is the controlled and systematic planting of seeds of plants with especially large fruits. We call this agriculture. Evolutionarily speaking, these plants are very successful - by giving up a little sugar, they have made us their personal attendants! We clear out enemy plants for them, drive away pesky insects, and provide them with fertile ground to grow.
It attracts animals, who eat it and disperse the seeds to new locations. Remember, the goal of every plant is to make more plants.
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