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Seed dispersal: theory and its application in a changing world.

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The chapters of this book on seed dispersal are divided into four parts: (1) frugivores and frugivory (8 chapters); (2) seed and seedling shadows (7 chapters); (3) seed fate and establishment (eight chapters); and (4) management implications and conservation (six chapters). The book presents both recent advances and reviews of current knowledge.


Chapter 20 (Page no: 445)

The suitability of a site for seed dispersal is context-dependent.

This chapter discusses the more complex processes affecting the suitability of sites for seed deposition: (1) the balance between interference and facilitation; and (2) life stage conflicts, an extension of the idea of seed-seedling conflicts.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 5) Seed allometry and disperser assemblages in tropical rainforests: a comparison of four floras on different continents. Author(s): Forget, P. M. Dennis, A. J. Mazer, S. J. Jansen, P. A. Kitamura, S. Lambert, J. E. Westcott, D. A.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 37) Evolutionary ecology of secondary compounds in ripe fruit: case studies with capsaicin and emodin. Author(s): Levey, D. J. Tewksbury, J. J. Izhaki, I. Tsahar, E. Haak, D. C.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 59) The evolution of visual fruit signals: concepts and constraints. Author(s): Schaefer, H. M. Schaefer, V.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 78) A review on the role of endozoochory in seed germination. Author(s): Traveset, A. Robertson, A. W. Rodríguez-Pérez, J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 104) Living in the land of ghosts: fruit traits and the importance of large mammals as seed dispersers in the Pantanal, Brazil. Author(s): Donatti, C. I. Galetti, M. Pizo, M. A. Guimarães, P. R., Jr. Jordano, P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 124) The importance of lizards as frugivores and seed dispersers. Author(s): Valido, A. Olesen, J. M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 148) Fleshy-fruited plants and frugivores in desert ecosystems. Author(s): Bronstein, J. L. Izhaki, I. Nathan, R. Tewksbury, J. J. Spiegel, O. Lotan, A. Altstein, O.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 178) Ecological redundancy in seed dispersal systems: a comparison between manakins (Aves: Pipridae) in two tropical forests. Author(s): Loiselle, B. A. Blendinger, P. G. Blake, J. G. Ryder, T. B.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 201) Estimating dispersal kernels produced by a diverse community of vertebrates. Author(s): Dennis, A. J. Westcott, D. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 229) Frugivores, seeds and genes: analysing the key elements of seed shadows. Author(s): Jordano, P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 252) Total dispersal kernels and the evaluation of diversity and similarity in complex dispersal systems. Author(s): Nathan, R.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 277) How far do offspring recruit from parent plants? A molecular approach to understanding effective dispersal. Author(s): Hardesty, B. D.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 300) Using toucan-generated dispersal models to estimate seed dispersal in Amazonian Ecuador. Author(s): Holbrook, K. M. Loiselle, B. A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 322) Linking seed and seedling shadows: a case study in the oaks (Quercus). Author(s): Steele, M. A. Carlson, J. E. Smallwood, P. D. McEuen, A. B. Contreras, T. A. Terzaghi, W. B.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 340) Estimates of the number of seeds dispersed by a population of primates in a lowland forest in Western Amazonia. Author(s): Stevenson, P. R.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 369) Plant-frugivore interactions as spatially explicit networks: integrating frugivore foraging with fruiting plant spatial patterns. Author(s): Carlo, T. A. Aukema, J. E. Morales, J. M.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 391) An empirical approach to analysing the demographic consequences of seed dispersal by frugivores. Author(s): Godínez-Alvarez, H. Jordano, P.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 407) How seed dispersal affects interactions with specialized natural enemies and their contribution to the maintenance of diversity. Author(s): Muller-Landau, H. C. Adler, F. R.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 427) Out of one shadow and into another: causes and consequences of spatially contagious seed dispersal by frugivores. Author(s): Kwit, C. Levey, D. J. Turner, S. A. Clark, C. J. Poulsen, J. R.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 463) Mycorrhizal plants and vertebrate seed and spore dispersal: incorporating mycorrhizas into the seed dispersal paradigm. Author(s): Theimer, T. C. Gehring, C. A.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 479) The influence of seed source, habitat and fungi on Cecropia seed survival in two neotropical forests. Author(s): Gallery, R. E. Dalling, J. W. Wolfe, B. T. Arnold, A. E.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 499) Determinants of tree species distributions: comparing the roles of dispersal, seed size and soil specialization in a Bornean rainforest. Author(s): Russo, S. E. Potts, M. D. Davies, S. J. Tan, S.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 523) Pollination or seed dispersal: which should we worry about most? Author(s): Corlett, R. T.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 545) Do seed dispersers matter? A biogeographical approach. Author(s): Böhning-Gaese, K.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 561) Investigating fragility in plant-frugivore networks: a case study of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Author(s): Silva, W. R. Guimarães Júnior, P. R. Reis, S. F. dos Guimarães, P.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 579) Refining the conservation management of seed-dispersing frugivores and their fruits: examples from Australia. Author(s): Green, R. J.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 599) Seed dispersal in anthropogenic landscapes. Author(s): Wright, S. J.
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 615) Frugivory by birds in degraded areas of Brazil. Author(s): Pizo, M. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Wildland Resource, The Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2007
  • ISBN
  • 9781845931650
  • Record Number
  • 20073244854