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Animals as seed dispersers

H. Martin Schaefer and Graeme D. Ruxton

in Plant-Animal Communication

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199563609
eISBN:
9780191810060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199563609.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter discusses the ecological characteristics of animals as an excellent dispersal agent of plant seeds. Plants are fundamentally sessile with their only chance of dispersal being as seeds. ... More


Dispersal of Plants by Waterbirds

Andy J. Green, Merel Soons, Anne-Laure Brochet, and Erik Kleyheeg

in Why Birds Matter: Avian Ecological Function and Ecosystem Services

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226382463
eISBN:
9780226382777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226382777.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Ducks, shorebirds, rails, gulls and other waterbirds act as vectors of seeds, spores and other plant diaspores carried internally in their guts, externally on their feathers, feet or bills, or used ... More


Integrating context- and stage-dependent effects in studies of frugivorous seed dispersal: an example from south-east Kenya

Valérie Lehouck, Dries Bonte, Toon Spanhove, and Luc Lens

in Dispersal Ecology and Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199608898
eISBN:
9780191774560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608898.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter begins with a definition of endozoochory, which refers to plant dispersal where viable seeds are defaecated or regurgitated by animals. Because of the biotic interaction involved, ... More


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