Aleksandra Wróbel

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We tracked seeds of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) dispersed by rodents in Gorzowska Forest (western Poland). We used two seed labeling methods, marking with UV-fluorescent powder and with plastic tags, to test whether using different marking methods influences results of seed tracking. The removal rates did not differ among seeds marked with UV-powder,(More)
The predator satiation and predator dispersal hypotheses provide alternative explanations for masting. Both assume satiation of seed-eating vertebrates. They differ in whether satiation occurs before or after seed removal and caching by granivores (predator satiation and predator dispersal, respectively). This difference is largely unrecognized, but it is(More)
Rodents constitute a crucial part of food chains in many ecosystems; thus, changes in their activity might influence many other species in the community. Moreover, daily variations in activity appear to be an important adaptation, helping rodents to cope with fluctuating intensity of predation pressure and food availability. We investigated how the nightly(More)
The sizes of both seed dispersers and seeds are traits that are likely to interact to influence seed fate in many synzoochoric plant species. Here, we examined whether members of a granivorous rodent community consisting of species of different body size vary in their effectiveness as seed dispersers, and how this relationship may be altered by seed size.(More)
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