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  • Scientists study puncture performance of cactus spines

    The spines of Cylindropuntia fulgida, also known as jumping cholla, have a reproductive role. They latch on to passersby and carry small chunks of cactus flesh to new locations.

    The spines of Cylindropuntia fulgida, also known as jumping cholla, have a reproductive role. They latch on to passersby and carry small chunks of cactus flesh to new locations.

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  • Editor's notes:

    To reach Philip Anderson, call 217-300-2855; email andersps@illinois.edu.

    To reach Stephanie Crofts, email scrofts@illinois.edu.

    The paper "The influence of cactus spine surface structure on puncture performance and anchoring ability is tuned for ecology" is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau via diya@illinois.edu.
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