Mistletoe specialist frugivores: latterday ‘Johnny Appleseeds’ or self-serving market gardeners?

@article{Watson2013MistletoeSF,
  title={Mistletoe specialist frugivores: latterday ‘Johnny Appleseeds’ or self-serving market gardeners?},
  author={D. Watson and J. Rawsthorne},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2013},
  volume={172},
  pages={925-932}
}
Many plants use birds to disperse their propagules, but mistletoes are especially reliant on their services. As aerial parasites, mistletoe seeds need to be deposited upon branches of suitable hosts, and mistletoe specialist frugivores (from eight different avian families) have long been regarded as their coevolved dispersers. Like the pioneer Johnny ‘Appleseed’ Chapman who established nurseries that helped open up land for settlement, these birds are considered benevolent dispersers of this… Expand
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