Lecture 1 – Plant wars

Since animals emerged on land more than 300 million years ago, they've turned to plants as a source of food. But despite deploying their best modes of attack, surprisingly, animals only manage to eat around a fifth of the vegetation that’s available to them. So why don't they eat more?  

In her first lecture of the series, Sue Hartley explains why animals have a harder time than we think when it comes to eating plants, whilst Adam squirm as he eats the world’s hottest chilli.

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Copyright

© Channel 4

License

Courtesy of Channel 4

Year

2009

Lecturer

Sue Hartley

Duration

48:13

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