Consumer pressure and seed set in a salt marsh perennial plant community

  title={Consumer pressure and seed set in a salt marsh perennial plant community},
  author={Mark D. Bertness and Christopher L Wise and Aaron M. Ellison},
Seed predation can be an important determinant of plant success, but has received little attention in wetland plant communities. Here, we examine the role of flower and seed predators in limiting the seed production of the dominant perennial plants in a salt marsh plant community. Of the four perennial investigated, direct ovule loss to consumers ranged from 51 to 80%, resulting in seed set reductions ranging from 50% to over 20-fold. Most losses were due to generalist grazing by the… CONTINUE READING
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