Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

A review on the role of endozoochory in seed germination.

Abstract

This chapter evaluates the role of endozoochory on seed germination and reviews the information gathered on germination patterns in experiments aimed at examining the effect of a seed's passage through a frugivore's gut, and gives further directions on methods for future studies. Most data demonstrating the different mechanisms by which frugivores can affect seed fate are from studies performed with birds and mammals, which are the numerically dominant dispersers in many systems.