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Author: Dellafiore Capiello, Claudia
Gallego Fernández, Juan Bautista
Muñoz Vallés, Sara
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología
Date: 2007
Published in: Research Letters in Ecology, 1 (1), 1-4.
Document type: Article
Abstract: The objective of this study was to determine whether endozoochory contributes to the dispersal and colonization of plant species in recently formed coastal dunes. At least 5.7% of species present in the study area are being dispersed by wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.). Most dispersed species are perennial herbs with small seeds size. The continuous input of seeds through rabbit feces into newly created areas would ensure the constant arrival of seeds and would facilitate colonization. Therefore, endozoochorous dispersal may play a relevant role for the structure and composition of dune plant communities
Cite: Dellafiore, C.M., Gallego Fernández, J.B. y Muñoz Vallés, S. (2007). The Contribution of Endozoochory to the Colonization and Vegetation Composition of Recently Formed Sand Coastal Dunes. Research Letters in Ecology, 1 (1), 1-4.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/43728

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/74090

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