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Ants on plants: a meta-analysis of the role of ants as plant biotic defenses
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The results suggest that ants do act as plant biotic defenses, but the effects of their presence are more pronounced in tropical systems, especially in myrmecophytic plants.
Ecology and evolution of plant diversity in the endangered campo rupestre: a neglected conservation priority
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It is shown that campo rupestre is fully comparable to and remarkably convergent with both fynbos and kwongkan, and fulfills the criteria for a classic OCBIL.
Long term oviposition preference and larval performance of Schizomyia macrocapillata (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on larger shoots of its host plant Bauhinia brevipes (Fabaceae)
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A link between female preference and larval performance on large-sized shoots, at least in some years, is found, partially support the performance prediction of the Plant Vigor Hypothesis.
Seed germination traits can contribute better to plant community ecology
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It is argued that bridging the gap between seed physiologists and community ecologists will improve the prediction of plant assemblages, and proposed further perspectives for including seed traits into the research agenda of functional community Ecologists are proposed.
Diversity of germination strategies and seed dormancy in herbaceous species of campo rupestre grasslands
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This study assessed diversity of germination strategies in 15 dominant herbaceous species from Neotropical altitudinal grasslands and investigated the diversity of dormancy classes aiming at better understanding the biogeography and phylogeny of seed dormancy.
Nesting biology of two species of Megachile (Moureapis) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in a semideciduous forest reserve in southeastern Brazil
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Trap nests were bamboo culms wider than those usually used in trap-nesting studies and it is suggested that species of Moureapis may prefer to nest in wide cavities, suggesting it is a bivoltine species.
Resilience and restoration of tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and grassy woodlands
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The old‐growth grassland concept, the novel ecosystem concept, and theory regarding tree cover along resource gradients in savannas are drawn on to propose a conceptual framework that classifies tropical grasslands into three broad ecosystem states.
A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology.
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This work proposes broadening the range of morphological, physiological and biochemical seed traits to add new understanding on plant niches, population dynamics and community assembly and lays the foundation for a seed-trait functional network which will underpin and facilitate trait-based inferences.
Phylogeny strongly drives seed dormancy and quality in a climatically buffered hotspot for plant endemism
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The view that long-term climatic and geological stability favour ND is supported, and seed viability data show that campo rupestre species have a markedly low investment in regeneration from seeds, highlighting the need for specific in situ and ex situ conservation strategies to avoid loss of biodiversity.
How do primates affect seed germination? A meta‐analysis of gut passage effects on neotropical plants
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A meta-analysis to determine the overall magnitude of gut passage effects on seed germination percentage and mean time to germination and provides general guidelines for standardizing research on seed dispersal by primates shows a relevant role for primates in providing high seed disperseal quality and as drivers of forest regeneration.
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