The effect of gut processing on the quality of mistletoe seed dispersal

Lizanne Roxburgh

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Abstract

Disperser effectiveness is the contribution that a disperser makes to the future reproduction of a plant (Schupp 1993), and it has two components: quality and quantity of dispersal. Quantity of dispersal is a function of the number of visits that a disperser makes to a fruiting plant and the number of seeds that are dispersed during each visit. Quality of dispersal is a function of the treatment that a seed receives from its disperser and the site that the seed is finally deposited in. The quality of seed dispersal of the mistletoe Phragmanthera dschallensis (Engl.) M.G. Gilbert (Loranthaceae) by frugivorous birds was examined in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Ecology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Dispersal quality
  • Germination
  • Loranthaceae
  • Phragmanthera dschallensis
  • Regurgitation
  • Seed dispersal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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