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Seed Dispersal by Ants in a Deciduous Forest Ecosystem

Mechanisms, Strategies, Adaptations

Authors: Gorb, Elena, Gorb, Stanislav

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Countless ants transport and deposit seeds and thereby influence the survival, death, and evolution of many plant species. In higher plants, seed dispersal by ants (myrmecochory) has appeared many times independently in different lineages. More than 3000 plant species are known to utilize ant assistance to be planted. Myrmecochory is a very interesting and rather enigmatic form of mutualistic ant-plant associations. This phenomenon is extremely complex, because there are hundreds of ant species connected with hundreds of plant species. This book effectively combines a thorough approach to investigating morphological and physiological adaptations of plants with elegant field experiments on the behaviour of ants. This monograph is a first attempt at collecting information about morphology, ecology and phenology of ants and plants from one ecosystem. The book gives readers a panoramic view of the hidden, poorly-known interrelations not only between pairs of ants and plant species, but also between species communities in the ecosystem. The authors have considered not just one aspect of animal-plant relationships, but have tried to show them in all their complexity. Some aspects of the ant-plant interactions described in the book may be of interest to botanists, others to zoologists or ecologists, but the entire work is an excellent example of the marriage of these biological disciplines.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Seed Dispersal by Ants in a Deciduous Forest Ecosystem
Book Subtitle
Mechanisms, Strategies, Adaptations
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0173-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0173-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1379-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6317-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 226
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