Seed Dispersal focuses on the mechanics and processes involved in seed dispersal, including its implications in ecology, animal behavior, plant and animal biogeography, speciation, and evolution. The selection first elaborates on the aerial motion of seeds, fruits, spores, and pollen and seed dispersal by water. Discussions focus on seed dispersal by rain, river, and flood, effective seed dispersal by ocean currents compared to other vectors, aerodynamic forces and their effects, and launching and release mechanisms. The text then takes a look at seed dispersal syndromes in Australian Acacia, including inference of dispersal syndromes, seed dispersal syndromes, ecological consequences of seed dispersal, and evolutionary derivation of dispersal syndromes. The publication ponders on seed dispersal by fruit-eating birds and mammals, rodents as seed consumers and dispersers, and seed dispersal in relation to fire. Topics include fire as a dispersal vector, long distance dispersal, granivorous rodents and the fates of seeds, determinants of the fate path, population ecology of seed dispersal, and foraging for fruits. The selection is a valuable reference for researchers interested in the factors involved in seed dispersal.

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Contributors. Foreword. Preface. The Aerial Motion of Seeds, Fruits, Spores and Pollen, F.M. Burrows. Seed Dispersal by Water, D.R. Murray. Seed Dispersal Syndromes in Australian Acacia, D.J. O'Dowd and A.M. Gill. Seed Dispersal by Fruit-Eating Birds and Mammals, H.F. Howe. Rodents as Seed Consumers and Dispersers, M.V. Price and S.H. Jenkins. Seed Dispersal in Relation to Fire, R.J. Whelan. Evolution of Seed Dispersal Syndromes According to the Fossil Record, B.H. Tiffney. Species Index. Subject Index.


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