Effect of seed passage through vertebrate frugivores' guts on germination: A review

  title={Effect of seed passage through vertebrate frugivores' guts on germination: A review},
  author={Anna Traveset},
  journal={Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics},
  • A. Traveset
  • Published 1998
  • Environmental Science
  • Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics
Abstract The capacity of seeds to germinate after ingestion by frugivores is important for the population dynamics of some plant species and significant for the evolution of plant-frugivore interactions. In this paper the effects of different vertebrates on seed germination of nearly 200 plant species are reviewed, searching for patterns that predict the circumstances in which germination of seeds is enhanced, inhibited, or unaffected by the passage through the digestive tract of a seed… 

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