Posted by Bob P (220.127.116.11) on October 01, 1999 at 15:45:13:
In Reply to: Cow Patties posted by Bob P on October 01, 1999 at 14:52:25:
Notice how grass grows taller around a cow patty? This is partially due to the nitrogen in the patty but mainly because the cows won't graze that close to a patty. This area they won't graze in is known as the "ring of repugnance". There is a fungas that only lives in the digestive tracks of cattle. The spores exit the cow along with the cow pie. Now they have to get back into the cow to grow but the cows won't eat from the ring of repugnance so the spores have little propulsion systems. They launch themselves onto the grass outside the ring of repugnance so they can be swallowed by the cow and start the cycle over again.
Nothing to do with CH but I thought it was interesting.
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