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Agave plants are pollinated by Bats

Agave plants are pollinated by Bats

Agave plants are chiropterophilous, meaning that they’re pollinated by bats as opposed to insects or birds. The plants flower at nighttime, attracting the bats with the smell of rotting, over-ripened fruit. While drinking the nectar, the bats become covered in pollen and spread the grains to other plants. However, agave plants can also reproduce asexually in two different ways: either by vegetative propagation, during which a genetically identical plant grows from part of the original plant; or by producing tiny clone-like growths called bulbils, which are later harvested and re-planted. However, the agave used to produce tequila is often harvested...

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Scientists identify four new species of agave

Scientists identify four new species of agave

75% of all agave species are native to Mexico The agave plant, native to the hot and arid regions of Mexico, the southwestern United States and tropical areas of South America, has been utilized by humans for millennia but even today new species are being discovered.Four new species have been identified by scientists from the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) in Oaxaca, but there may be many more.“We have no idea how many there are,” said scientist Abisaí Josué García Mendoza.What is known is that Mexico has 75% of all agave species in the...

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Bottoms Up: Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight

Bottoms Up: Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight

You don't have to tell us that margaritas are delicious—we already knew that. What we didn'tknow was that the tequila in said margaritas could help us lose weight.That's according to the American Chemical Society, which found that sugars called agavins that are found in the agave plant (used in making tequila) can help lower your blood sugar. In a study, researchers found that mice that were given a standard diet and drank water containing added agavins ended up eating less overall and had lower blood sugar levels than the mice that hadn’t consumed agavins. The study also found that the...

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