Spatial patterns of seed dispersal, their determinants and consequences for recruitment

Ran Nathan, Helene C. Muller-Landau

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Growing interest in spatial ecology is promoting new approaches to the study of seed dispersal, one of the key processes determining the spatial structure of plant populations. Seed-dispersion patterns vary among plant species, populations and individuals, at different distances from parents, different microsites and different times. Recent field studies have made progress in elucidating the mechanisms behind these patterns and the implications of these patterns for recruitment success. Together with the development and refinement of mathematical models, this promises a deeper, more mechanistic understanding of dispersal processes and their consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-285
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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