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Seed Dispersal Effectiveness Revisited: A Conceptual Review
New Phytologist (2010)
  • Eugene W. Schupp, Utah State University
  • Pedro Jordano
  • Jose M. Gomez
Growth in seed dispersal studies has been fast-paced since the seed disperser effectiveness (SDE) framework was developed 17 yr ago. Thus, the time is ripe to revisit the framework in light of accumulated new insight. Here, we first present an overview of the framework, how it has been applied, and what we know and do not know. We then introduce the SDE landscape as the two-dimensional representation of the possible combinations of the quantity and the quality of dispersal and with elevational contours representing isoclines of SDE. We discuss the structure of disperser assemblages on such landscapes. Following this we discuss recent advances and ideas in seed dispersal in the context of their impacts on SDE. Finally, we highlight a number of emerging issues that provide insight into SDE. Overall, the SDE framework successfully captures the complexities of seed dispersal...
  • Tansley Review,
  • Seed,
  • Dispersal,
  • Effectiveness
Publication Date
October, 2010
Citation Information
Schupp, E.W., P. Jordano and J.M. Gómez. 2010. Tansley Review: Seed dispersal effectiveness revisited: a conceptual review. New Phytologist 188: 333‐353.