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Seed Fate

Seed Fate

Predation, Dispersal and Seedling Establishment

Edited by P Forget, Museum of Natural History, Brunoy, France, J Lambert, University of Wisconsin, USA, P Hulme, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Banchory, UK, S Vander Wall, University of Nevada, USA

December 2004 / Hardback / 432 Pages / 9780851998060 £110.00 / €140.00 / $210.00
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Main Description

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.

  • 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
"All contributions are well-written and provide insightful discussion of various questions on the subject. The book is well laid out and includes 36 tables and 80 figures that make the text easier to read and enhance clarity. Finally, a sixteen -page index of key words and terms helps the reader to quickly access topics discussed in the text."
Peter Csontos, Community Ecology, 6(1) 2005


"For researchers intrested in seed dispersal, this book will be compulsory reading. With its mix of detailed case studies, comprehensive reviews and thoughtful overviews, it provides an excellent summary of current knowledge and highlights critical gaps."
David M Watson, Austral Ecology, 2006