Synchrony between fruit maturation and effective dispersers' foraging activity increases seed protection against seed predators.

@article{Boulay2007SynchronyBF,
  title={Synchrony between fruit maturation and effective dispersers' foraging activity increases seed protection against seed predators.},
  author={Rapha{\"e}l Boulay and F. Alberto Carro and Ram{\'o}n Soriguer and X{\'i}m Cerd{\'a}},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={274 1625},
  pages={2515-22}
}
The evolution of pollination and seed dispersal mutualisms is conditioned by the spatial and temporal co-occurrence of animals and plants. In the present study we explore the timing of seed release of a myrmecochorous plant (Helleborus foetidus) and ant activity in two populations in southern Spain during 2 consecutive years. The results indicate that fruit dehiscence and seed shedding occur mostly in the morning and correspond to the period of maximum foraging activity of the most effective… CONTINUE READING
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