Psammophory – An Ideal Plant Protection to Fight against Predatory Animals

In the natural ecosystem, predation is a biological interaction where a predator usually feeds on its prey for its life. Both the plants have enemies in the animal kingdom. All the organisms involve in defense mechanisms that are effective against predation, one such trick of plant protection is sand armor.

Nobody prefers a mouthful of sand. Indeed, even that single bit of coarseness that crunches in your molars following a day at the beach shore is maddening. It turns out non-human creatures aren’t fans of eating sand either. That is the reason certain plants use sticky hairs to coat themselves in layers of coarseness. For keeping hungry creatures away, it brings about the ideal result in self protection. According to the recent publication in the Journal Ecology, A trick of sand entrapment on plant surfaces is called psammophory or sand armor.

From the University of California, graduate students have listed over 200 species of desert plants that coat themselves in sand and they trap sand that the wind blows at them. Several researchers Scientists have suggested various theories to explain the sandy plants. Scientists don’t fully understand the reasons for psammophory. As per the present research knowledge it is believed that the sand trap may make predatory animals in eating the plants or distinguishing the plants from sand.


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