Acorn crop size and pre-dispersal predation determine inter-specific differences in the recruitment of co-occurring oaks

  title={Acorn crop size and pre-dispersal predation determine inter-specific differences in the recruitment of co-occurring oaks},
  author={Josep Maria Espelta and Pilar Cort{\'e}s and Roberto Molowny-Horas and Javier Retana},
The contribution of pre-dispersal seed predation to inter-specific differences in recruitment remains elusive. In species with no resistance mechanisms, differences in pre-dispersal predation may arise from differences in seed abundance (plant satiation) or in the ability of seeds to survive insect infestation (seed satiation). This study aimed to analyse the impact of pre-dispersal acorn predation by weevils in two co-occurring Mediterranean oaks (Quercus ilex and Quercus humilis) and to… CONTINUE READING
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