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Mutualisms with the wreckage of an avifauna: the status of bird pollination and fruit- dispersal in New Zealand
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Bird pollination is more important in New Zealand than was realised, partly because birds visit many flowers that do not have classic "ornithophilous" flower morphology, and analyses of both species numbers and total woody basal area show that dependence on birdpollination is unexpectedly high.
Assessing the benefits of frugivory for seed germination: the importance of the deinhibition effect
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Both the literature review and new experimental data show that germination conditions affect germination, and seeds in intact fruits have much lower germination percentages in Petri dishes than in the field.
A review on the role of endozoochory in seed germination.
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The role of endozoochory on seed germination is evaluated, the information gathered on germination patterns is reviewed in experiments aimed at examining the effect of a seed’s passage through a frugivore's gut, and further directions on methods for future studies are given.
The impact of an invasive weed Tradescantia fluminensis on native forest regeneration
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It is shown that Tradescantia biomass increased logistically with available light, to a maximum at 10–15% full light, and predicted that increases in native species richness and abundance will accumulate with increasing suppression of the weed.
Progress in understanding pollination systems in New Zealand
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It is shown that recent studies of the angiosperm flora reveal sexual systems (sexual dimorphism, self‐incompatibility, monoecy, dichogamy, and herkogamy) that usually involve a dependence on pollen vectors, making much of the flora vulnerable to declines in pollinator service.
The relationship between floral display size, pollen carryover and geitonogamy in Myosotis colensoi (Kirk) Macbride (Boraginaceae)
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Data collected for Myosotis colensoi (Kirk) Macbride and compiled from a survey of the literature reveal that pollen carryover is frequently very high and this at least partially relieves some of the effects of geitonogamous pollinator movements.
Relative (Un)Importance of Introduced Animals as Pollinators and Dispersers of Native Plants
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The island archipelagos of the Pacific are characterized by a recent pulse of species extinctions and declines following the wave of alien introductions brought by people, and many of the extinct or declining birds were important frugivores.
The origins and evolution of the genus Myosotis L. (Boraginaceae).
TLDR
The genetic relationships reported here suggest that the current infrageneric taxonomy of Myosotis does not fully reflect the evolution of the genus and that the important role played by late Tertiary and Quaternary climate change in explaining current floristic diversity is highlighted.
Long-term influences of introduced deer on the composition and structure of New Zealand Nothofagus forests
TLDR
There is sufficient evidence of deer browsing shifting the composition of Kaimanawa Forest Park Nothofagus forests for managers to justify increased deer control, and there is some evidence that deer were affecting gap-phase regeneration of Noth ofagus, but not strongly enough to prevent recruitment on a large scale.
The quantitative genetics of floral characters in Mimulus guttatus
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It is postulated that the heritable variation observed is maintained in this population through disruptive selection on autofertility in response to seasonal variation in the onset of spring drought and pollinator availability.
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