Plants have evolved all sorts of tricks to help their seeds spread and thrive. For some plants this means seeds that bury themselves in the soil to avoid getting eaten or dried out in the sun. Now a team of researchers are taking nature's designs and engineering a new solution for planting crops, fertilising soil or replanting forests.
Read the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05656-3
Read a News & Views article about this research: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-00396-4