Effects of seed quality and seed location on the removal of acorns and beechnuts

@article{Perea2011EffectsOS,
  title={Effects of seed quality and seed location on the removal of acorns and beechnuts},
  author={Ram{\'o}n Syr Salas Perea and Alfonso San Miguel and Mar{\'i}a Mart{\'i}nez-Jauregui and Mar{\'i}a Valbuena-Caraba{\~n}a and Lu{\'i}s Gil},
  journal={European Journal of Forest Research},
  year={2011},
  volume={131},
  pages={623-631}
}
We examine whether different guilds of foragers remove seeds differentially according to seed quality (seed size and insect infestation) and seed location (habitat and microhabitat) in a mixed oak-beech forest. Video recordings indicated that the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) was first to encounter seeds. Foragers preferred acorns to beechnuts, large to small size and sound to infested. Nevertheless, infested seeds were removed by rodents even when sound seeds were present. Seeds that were… CONTINUE READING

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