Seed Dispersal Lab Report - Rick Parapperi Seed dispersal is a mechanism used by many plants to spread their genetic material far away from the parent. Some common methods of dispersal are wind, water, explosion, fire, and animal. Wind dispersal is a method many plants have developed which allows seeds to fly with a blowing wind. The seeds may end up anywhere when the wind begins to stop blowing, making this a very effective way of sending out seeds. An example of this is dandelions, their seeds
may have affected their data is the presence of roads in terrestrial systems, where they found Russian thistle covered the newly graded roadsides. The same can be true for Pisgah Forest, where the hiking/running path can serve as a conduit for seed dispersal for exotic plants. Stohlgren T, Barnett D, Kartesz J. The Rich Get Richer: Patterns of Plant Invasions in the United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2003;1(1):11.