Temporal dynamics of seed excretion by wild ungulates: implications for plant dispersal

  title={Temporal dynamics of seed excretion by wild ungulates: implications for plant dispersal},
  author={M{\'e}lanie Picard and Julien Papa{\"i}x and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Gosselin and Denis Picot and Eric Bideau and Christophe Baltzinger},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
Dispersal is a key process in metapopulation dynamics as it conditions species' spatial responses to gradients of abiotic and biotic conditions and triggers individual and gene flows. In the numerous plants that are dispersed through seed consumption by herbivores (endozoochory), the distance and effectiveness of dispersal is determined by the combined effects of seed retention time in the vector's digestive system, the spatial extent of its movements, and the ability of the seeds to germinate… CONTINUE READING
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