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Pine pollen gets flight miles

Still viable after 41 kilometers of travel

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5:09pm, April 16, 2010

Without getting even a packet of nuts during the flight, pine pollen survives air travel pretty well.

Loblolly pine pollen can still do its pollination job after blowing in the wind for at least 41 kilometers, or 25 miles, forest biologist Claire Williams reports in the May American Journal of Botany.  “It’s a world record,” Williams says, but she explains that for this

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