Some fruits evolve to smell stronger when ripe and attract animals that eat them

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fruit scents tell animals when a fruit is ripe, but they also help the plant reproduce, as it’s seeds are moved from one place to another.

In a new study, researchers show that certain fruits growing in areas with large lemur populations have evolved to smell stronger when ripe to accommodate for the stronger sense of smell lemurs have.

The researchers, from the University of Ulm in Germany, the University of Connecticut and the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar, looked at 30 plant species in Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar to see if fruit scents had evolved as …read more