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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 7 (Page no: 167)

Seed predators and plant population dynamics.

This chapter discusses: the patterns of seed production; predispersal seed predation; postdispersal seed predation; seed bank predation; mast fruiting; variability in seed mortality; impact of seed predation on plant population dynamics; compensation; mutualist seed predators. Some case histories are also discussed.

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: 6 (Page no: 125) Fruits and frugivory. Author(s): Jordano, P.
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
  • Department of Biology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Ascot, Berkshire, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2000
  • ISBN
  • 0851994326
  • Record Number
  • 20083076653