Seed Fate: Predation, Dispersal and Seedling Establishment

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This book presents current knowledge of seed fate in both natural and human-disturbed landscapes, from various regions of the world. Habitats considered range from mountain and arid deserts in the temperate zone, to savanna and lowland rainforests in tropical regions of the world. Particular attention is paid to plant diversity conservation when seed removal is affected by factors such as hunting, habitat fragmentation or intensive logging. Contributors include leading scientists involved in research on seed ...

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Overview

This book presents current knowledge of seed fate in both natural and human-disturbed landscapes, from various regions of the world. Habitats considered range from mountain and arid deserts in the temperate zone, to savanna and lowland rainforests in tropical regions of the world. Particular attention is paid to plant diversity conservation when seed removal is affected by factors such as hunting, habitat fragmentation or intensive logging. Contributors include leading scientists involved in research on seed ecology and on animal-plant relationships from the perspective of both primary and secondary seed dispersal, and predation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851998060
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: CABI Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Seed fate pathways : filling the gap between parent and offspring 1
2 Seed predator guilds, spatial variation in post-dispersal seed predation and potential effects on plant demography : a temperate perspective 9
3 The fate of seed banks : factors influencing seed survival for light-demanding species in moist tropical forests 31
4 Frugivore-mediated interactions among bruchid beetles and palm fruits at Barro Colorado Island, Panama : implications for seed fate 45
5 Patterns of seed predation by vertebrate versus invertebrate seed predators among different plant species, seasons and spatial distributions 55
6 Seed predation and dispersal by peccaries throughout the Neotropics and its consequences : a review and synthesis 77
7 Seed predation, seed dispersal and habitat fragmentation : does context make a difference in tropical Australia? 117
8 The fate of primate-dispersed seeds : deposition pattern, dispersal distance and implications for conservation 137
9 Fallen fruits and terrestrial vertebrate frugivores : a case study in lowland tropical rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia 151
10 Myrmecochorous seed dispersal in temperate regions 175
11 Scatterhoarding in Mediterranean shrublands of the SW Cape, South Africa 197
12 Selection, predation and dispersal of seeds by tree squirrels in temperate and boreal forests : are tree squirrels keystone granivores? 205
13 Jays, mice and oaks : predation and dispersal of Quercus robur and Q. petraea in north-western Europe 223
14 Walnut seed dispersal : mixed effects of tree squirrels and field mice with different hoarding ability 241
15 Influence of forest composition on tree seed predation and rodent responses : a comparison of monodominant and mixed temperate forests in Japan 253
16 Impact of small rodents on tree seeds in temperate and subtropical forests, China 269
17 Rodent scatterhoarders as conditional mutualists 283
18 Diplochory and the evolution of seed dispersal 297
19 Ants as seed dispersers of fleshy diaspores in Brazilian Atlantic forests 315
20 The role of dung beetles as secondary seed dispersers and their effect on plant regeneration in tropical rainforests 331
21 Post-dispersal seed fate of some cloud forest tree species in Costa Rica 351
22 Observing seed removal : remote video monitoring of seed selection, predation and dispersal 363
23 How to elucidate seed fate? : a review of methods used to study seed removal and secondary seed dispersal 379
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