Latest seed dispersal Stories
New findings published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology show that seed-dispersing bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas.
When a group of ecologists set out to see how wind moves seeds through isolated patches of habitat, they twisted colored yarn to create mock seeds that would drift with the wind much like native seeds.
Modern cycads have large, heavy seeds with a fleshy outer coat, suggesting they rely on large bodied fruit-eating animals to disperse their seeds. However, little evidence has been found that modern larger-bodied animals like emus or elephants are eating and dispersing the seeds.
According to a new study, hunting in the African rainforests doesn't just jeopardize animal populations – it can also have lasting consequences for fruit trees as well as other forms of forest vegetation.
There's no honor among thieves when it comes to rodent robbers — which turns out to be a good thing for tropical trees that depend on animals to spread their seeds, according to recent research.
New findings by Virginie Stevens (CNRS), Jean Clobert (CNRS), Michel Baguette (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle) and colleagues show that interactions between dispersal and life-histories are complex, but general patterns emerge.
Nutmeg-loving toucans wearing GPS transmitters recently helped a team of scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama address an age-old problem in plant ecology: accurately estimating seed dispersal.
Maintaining the world's threatened animal and plant species may rest with something as simple as knowing how far a bird can fly before it must answer nature's call.
Temperature increases resulting from climate change in the Southwest will likely eliminate Joshua trees from 90 percent of their current range in 60 to 90 years.
Research carried out at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem indicates that many tree species might become extinct due to climate change if no action is taken in time.
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.