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Pick the Pollinator
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Pick the Pollinator

Flowering plants represent about one-sixth of all Earth's known living life-forms and are important to the survival of most other species. But how did these immobile organisms manage to spread so far? One answer is pollination, or plant sexual reproduction. Pollinators—typically wind, water, and animals—carry pollen from one flower to another, where fertilization takes place. In this game, match seven plants with their pollinators and learn some of the reasons why flowering plants have come to dominate the botanical world.—Rima Chaddha

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