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

Prasad, Soumya and Krishnaswamy, Jagdish and Chellam, Ravi and Goyal, Surendra Prakash (2006) Ruminant-mediated Seed Dispersal of an Economically Valuable Tree in Indian Dry Forests. Biotropica, 38 (5). pp. 679-682. ISSN 1097-0037

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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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Uncontrolled Keywords: chital; deer; large seeds; Phyllanthus emblica; Rajaji National Park; regurgitation.
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 04:56
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 06:56
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/140

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