Facultative ripening in Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae): effects of fruit removal and rotting

@article{Levey1987FacultativeRI,
  title={Facultative ripening in Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae): effects of fruit removal and rotting},
  author={Douglas J. Levey},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1987},
  volume={74},
  pages={203-208}
}
In Costa Rica individual Hamelia patens trees produce fruit throughout the year and experience dramatic changes in rates of fruit removal and rotting. During some moths, most fruits rot because they are not removed. Rotting fruits increase the probability that other fruits on the same infructescence will rot. When removal rates are high, fruits are taken as soon as their seeds become viable but before the fruit is completely ripe. Experimental removal of fruits produced significantly higher… CONTINUE READING

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