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Abstract

Ant herbivory - a significant factor in population dynamics of Veronica and other temperate plant species?

Abstract

Up to 960 seeds of Veronica officinalis, 131 seeds of V. chamaedrys, and 732 seeds of Agrostis capillaris were found in the upper 10 × 10 × 10 cm soil samples, and 770, 50 and 833 seeds, respectively, in the lower 10 × 10 × 20 cm samples from ant (Tetramorium caespitum) mounds at 950 m alt (formerly a hill pasture, Slovenske rudohorie Mountains, Slovakia). The seed collecting activity of this ant species may help to explain the extremely low seed bank and seedling recruitments generally reported, especially of the Veronica species.