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The fate of endozoochorously dispersed seeds

Tanja Milotic (UGent)
(2017)
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Endozoochory, or the dispersal of plant seeds via ingestion by vertebrate animals and the consecutive deposition of seeds in dung, is a widespread phenomenon in temperate grassland species. The first steps in this dispersal cycle have been extensively studied in recent decades while less is known about the next steps, or the post-dispersal fate of deposited seeds. In this PhD the germination, establishment, growth and flowering of temperate grassland species was experimentally assessed through dung addition and inter- and intraspecific competition experiments. Furthermore, the role of different functional groups of dung beetles in secondary seed dispersal and dung degradation has been studied in a large-scaled multi-site experiment in different climate and biogeographic zones in the Western Palaearctic.
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dung beetles, dung removal, dispersal success, endozoochory, functional diversity, germination, plant competition, secondary seed dispersal, seed dispersal

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Milotic, Tanja. 2017. “The Fate of Endozoochorously Dispersed Seeds”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences.
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Milotic, T. (2017). The fate of endozoochorously dispersed seeds. Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences, Ghent, Belgium.
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Milotic T. The fate of endozoochorously dispersed seeds. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences; 2017.
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Milotic, Tanja. “The Fate of Endozoochorously Dispersed Seeds.” 2017 : n. pag. Print.
@phdthesis{8511631,
  abstract     = {Endozoochory, or the dispersal of plant seeds via ingestion by vertebrate animals and the consecutive deposition of seeds in dung, is a widespread phenomenon in temperate grassland species. The first steps in this dispersal cycle have been extensively studied in recent decades while less is known about the next steps, or the post-dispersal fate of deposited seeds. In this PhD the germination, establishment, growth and flowering of temperate grassland species was experimentally assessed through dung addition and inter- and intraspecific competition experiments. Furthermore, the role of different functional groups of dung beetles in secondary seed dispersal and dung degradation has been studied in a large-scaled multi-site experiment in different climate and biogeographic zones in the Western Palaearctic.},
  author       = {Milotic, Tanja},
  isbn         = {9789461974983},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {VIII, 360},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {The fate of endozoochorously dispersed seeds},
  year         = {2017},
}