Seed Fate

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 ecology and on animal-plant relationships from the perspective of both primary and secondary seed dispersal, and predation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 28.19mm | 1,070.48g
  • Wallingford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0851998062
  • 9780851998060

Table of contents

1: Seed Fate Pathways: Filling the Gap between Parent and Offspring
I: Seed predation
2: Seed Predator Guilds, Spatial Variation in Post-Dispersal Seed Predation and Potential Effects on Plant Demography - a Temperate Perspective
3: The Fate of Seed Banks: Factors influencing Seed Survival for Light-Demanding Species in Moist Tropical Forests
4: Frugivore-Mediated Interactions Among Bruchid Beetles and Palm Fruits at Barro Colorado Island, Panama: Implications for Seed Fate
5: Patterns of Seed Predation by Vertebrate versus Invertebrate Seed Predators among Different Plant Species, Seasons and Spatial Distributions
6: Seed Predation and Dispersal by Peccaries throughout the Neotropics and its Consequences: A Review and Synthesis
7: Seed Predation, Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation: Does Context Make a Difference in Tropical Australia?
II: Primary Seed dispersal
8: The Fate of Primate Dispersed Seeds: Deposition Pattern, Dispersal Distance, and Implications for Conservation
9: Fallen Fruits and Terrestrial Vertebrate Frugivores: A Case Study in a Lowland Tropical Rain Forest in Peninsular Malaysia
10: Myrmecochorous Seed Dispersal in Temperate Regions
11: Scatterhoarding in Mediterranean Shrublands of the S.W. Cape, South Africa
12: Selection, Predation and Dispersal of Seeds by Tree Squirrels in Temperate and Boreal Forests: Are Tree Squirrels Keystone Granivores?
13: Jays, Mice and Oaks: Predation and Dispersal of Quercus robur and Q. petraea in North-Western Europe
14: Walnut Seed Dispersal: Mixed Effects of Tree Squirrels and Field Mice with Different Hoarding Ability
15: Effects of Large Seeds on Rodent Populations and the Recruitment of Large-Seeded Trees in Monodominant and Mixed Temperate Forests in Japan
16: Impact of Small Rodents on Tree Seeds in Temperate and Subtropical Forests, China
17: Rodent Scatterhoarders As Conditional Mutualists
IV: Secondary seed dispersal
18: Diplochory and the evolution of seed dispersal
19: Ants as Seed Dispersers of Fleshy Diaspores in Brazilian Atlantic Forests
20: The Role of Dung Beetles as Secondary Seed Dispersers and their Effect on Plant Regeneration in Tropical Rainforests
21: Post-Dispersal Seed Fate of Some Cloud Forest Tree Species in Costa Rica
22: Observing Seed Removal: Remote Video Monitoring of Seed Selection, Predation and Dispersal
23: How to Elucidate Seed Fate? A Review of Methods Used to Study Seed Removal and Secondary Seed Dispersal
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