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Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism
Chen, Gao; Wang, Zheng-Wei; Qin, Yan; Sun, Wei-Bang
2017
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY
Volume59Issue:11Pages:792-796
AbstractVespicochory, seed dispersal by hornets, is a rare seed dispersal mechanism in angiosperms and, to date, there are few records of this phenomenon. Through field investigations and behavioral assays conducted in four populations of Stemona tuberosa from 2011-2016, we demonstrate that hornets are the primary seed dispersers of S. tuberosa and play an important role in "long-distance" seed dispersal in this species. Furthermore, some ant species act as secondary dispersers and may transport the seeds to safe sites. Hornets and ants provide complementary seed dispersal at different spatial scales. This unique example of insect-plant mutualism may be an underestimated but important strategy to ensure "long-distance" seed dispersal in other myrmecochorous plants.
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.xtbg.org.cn/handle/353005/10682
Collection2012年后新成立研究组
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Chen, Gao,Wang, Zheng-Wei,Qin, Yan,et al. Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism[J]. JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY,2017,59(11):792-796.
APA Chen, Gao,Wang, Zheng-Wei,Qin, Yan,&Sun, Wei-Bang.(2017).Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism.JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY,59(11),792-796.
MLA Chen, Gao,et al."Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism".JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY 59.11(2017):792-796.
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