Internal dispersal of seeds by waterfowl: effect of seed size on gut passage time and germination patterns

@article{Figuerola2010InternalDO,
  title={Internal dispersal of seeds by waterfowl: effect of seed size on gut passage time and germination patterns},
  author={Jordi Figuerola and Iris Charalambidou and Lu{\'i}s Santamar{\'i}a and Andy J Green},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2010},
  volume={97},
  pages={555-565}
}
Long distance dispersal may have important consequences for gene flow and community structure. The dispersal of many plants depends on transport by vertebrate seed dispersers. The shapes of seed shadows produced by vertebrates depend both on movement patterns of the dispersers and on the dynamics and effects of passage through the disperser’s gut (i.e. the retention time, survival and germination of ingested seeds). A combination of experiments with captive waterbirds and aquatic plant seeds… CONTINUE READING