Seed selection by earthworms: chemical seed properties matter more than morphological traits

@article{Clause2016SeedSB,
  title={Seed selection by earthworms: chemical seed properties matter more than morphological traits},
  author={Julia Clause and Estelle Forey and Nico Eisenhauer and Charlotte E Seal and Anne Soudey and Louise Colville and S{\'e}bastien Barot},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2016},
  volume={413},
  pages={97-110}
}
The passage of seeds through the earthworm gut potentially damages seeds, altering seed and seedling performances depending on seed traits. This work was conducted to study to what extent chemical and morphological seed traits determine the seed attractiveness for earthworms. We tested seed selection via the ingestion and digestion of 23 grassland plant species spanning a range of 14 morphological and chemical traits by two common earthworm species: the anecic Lumbricus terrestris and the… CONTINUE READING
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