Seed dispersal by ants in the semi-arid Caatinga of North-East Brazil.

  title={Seed dispersal by ants in the semi-arid Caatinga of North-East Brazil.},
  author={I. Leal and R. Wirth and M. Tabarelli},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  volume={99 5},
  • I. Leal, R. Wirth, M. Tabarelli
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annals of botany
  • BACKGROUND AND AIMS Myrmecochory is a conspicuous feature of several sclerophyll ecosystems around the world but it has received little attention in the semi-arid areas of South America. This study addresses the importance of seed dispersal by ants in a 2500-km(2) area of the Caatinga ecosystem (north-east Brazil) and investigates ant-derived benefits to the plant through myrmecochory. METHODS Seed manipulation and dispersal by ants was investigated during a 3-year period in the Xingó region… CONTINUE READING
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