[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Lee Siegel
University of Utah

Solo Spitting Mouse

Caption: A spiny mouse from Israel is shown spitting seeds from the desert shrub Ochradenus baccatus into its paws and onto the ground as it eats the berries. If the seeds are chewed simultaneously with the berry pulp, toxic chemicals are released. So the plant has made a normally seed-eating mouse become a seed-spitter that spreads the plant's seeds, helping it reproduce, says a new study from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, University of Utah, University of Haifa and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Credit: Michal Samuni-Blank, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Usage Restrictions: None

Related news release: Ptooey!

[ Back to EurekAlert! ]