Ruminant‐mediated Seed Dispersal of an Economically Valuable Tree in Indian Dry Forests

Ruminant‐mediated Seed Dispersal of an Economically Valuable Tree in Indian Dry Forests ABSTRACT Ruminant‐mediated seed dispersal, an understudied process in tropical forests, was examined via Phyllanthus emblica–Axis axis interaction. A captive Axis deer regurgitated intact P. emblica seeds after retaining them in the rumen for 7–27 h. At Rajaji National Park, a considerable fraction (22%) of deer‐regurgitated P. emblica seeds germinated, although lower than unconsumed seeds (72%). The size and strength of seeds like P. emblica might ensure that ruminants regurgitate them intact instead of defecating them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biotropica Wiley

Ruminant‐mediated Seed Dispersal of an Economically Valuable Tree in Indian Dry Forests

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0006-3606
eISSN
1744-7429
DOI
10.1111/j.1744-7429.2006.00182.x
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Abstract

ABSTRACT Ruminant‐mediated seed dispersal, an understudied process in tropical forests, was examined via Phyllanthus emblica–Axis axis interaction. A captive Axis deer regurgitated intact P. emblica seeds after retaining them in the rumen for 7–27 h. At Rajaji National Park, a considerable fraction (22%) of deer‐regurgitated P. emblica seeds germinated, although lower than unconsumed seeds (72%). The size and strength of seeds like P. emblica might ensure that ruminants regurgitate them intact instead of defecating them.

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BiotropicaWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2006

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