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The dispersal of diaspores (seeds and fruits with their attached structures) depends considerably on their design. Closely related species often show diverging designs of their diaspores that still are adapted to the same dispersal vector (e.g. wind). We are interested in what influence such morphological differences in the design of the diaspores have on the dispersal success, i.e. their reach or the number of dispersed seeds.
Two students could work parallel on the topic.
(1) Project "capsules": What consequences have small changes (size, form or weight) for the dispersal radius of capsules?
(2) Project "wind dispersed diaspores": What parameters determine optimal transport of wind dispersed seeds of different Acer species?
Based on morphological specifications of different species, simplified models shall be designed and 3D printed. These prototypes will then be tested with regard to their changed properties.
We expect interest in 3D modelling, 3D print and the analysis of data. Own ideas are welcome.