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Art of Science image titled Zera

Scientist Collaborators Jim Dalling , and Mayandi Sivaguru

IGB Core Facilities

NSI X5000 High Resolution CT 

Funded by the IGB Core Facilities

Even though their parents have equipped them with several advantages, it’s not easy being a seed in a new environment. It may have traveled to soils that are completely uninhabitable because they have too much sand or clay, too much or too little rain, too much or too little sunshine. If that’s not enough, seeds can also face biological enemies in the form of invading bacteria and fungi. Although nature tries to give them every chance to survive, in the end only the fittest do.