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CABI Book Chapter

Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities.

Book cover for Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities.


This is the second edition of a multi-author book first published in 1992. It deals with all aspects of plant regeneration by seeds, including reproductive allocation, seed dispersal and predation, longevity, dormancy and germination. All chapters have been updated, and four new chapters added on seed size, seedling establishment, the role of gaps, and regeneration from seed after fire.


Chapter 6 (Page no: 125)

Fruits and frugivory.

This chapter aims to dissect the fleshy fruit/frugivore interface that brings up both characteristics of the fruits as 'prey items', which must be sought, handled and efficiently processed, and the ability of frugivores to perform these tasks, with consequences for the plants themselves. Throughout the chapter, any mention of fruits will be with reference to fleshy fruits, loosely defined to include any structure enclosing seeds surrounded by a fleshy, edible, pulp layer. Most references to frugivorous animals will be to birds, primates, ungulates and bats that behave as seed dispersers. The first section of the chapter describes fruits as prey items from the perspective of the foraging animal, and examines their characteristics, temporal and spatial patterns of availability and intrinsic traits, such as design and nutritive value. The second part reviews frugivore traits that influence fruit choice, fruit and seed processing and foraging movements that have implications for seed deposition patterns.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Reproductive allocation in plants. Author(s): Bazzaz, F. A. Ackerly, D. D. Reekie, E. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) The evolutionary ecology of seed size. Author(s): Leishman, M. R. Wright, I. J. Moles, A. T. Westoby, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 59) Maternal effects on seeds during development. Author(s): Gutterman, Y.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 85) The ecology of seed dispersal. Author(s): Willson, M. F. Traveset, A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 111) Animals as seed dispersers. Author(s): Stiles, E. W.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 167) Seed predators and plant population dynamics. Author(s): Crawley, M. J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 183) Dormancy, viability and longevity. Author(s): Murdoch, A. J. Ellis, R. H.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 215) The functional ecology of soil seed banks. Author(s): Thompson, K.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 237) Seed responses to light. Author(s): Pons, T. L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 261) The role of temperature in the regulation of seed dormancy and germination. Author(s): Probert, R. J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 293) Effect of chemical environment on seed germination. Author(s): Hilhorst, H. W. M. Karssen, C. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 311) Role of fire in regeneration from seed. Author(s): Keeley, J. E. Fotheringham, C. J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 311) Role of fire in regeneration from seed. Author(s): Keeley, J. E. Fotheringham, C. J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 331) Ecology of seedling regeneration. Author(s): Kitajima, K. Fenner, M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 361) The contribution of seedling regeneration to the structure and dynamics of plant communities, ecosystems and larger units of the landscape. Author(s): Grime, J. P. Hillier, S. H.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 375) Gaps and seedling colonization. Author(s): Bullock, J. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Apdo. 1056, Sevilla, Spain.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2000
  • ISBN
  • 0851994326
  • Record Number
  • 20083076652