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Dispersal in Plants: A Population Perspective

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Title of host publicationDispersal in Plants
DatePublished - 1 May 2008
Number of pages232
PublisherOxford University Press
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9780191715006
ISBN (Print)9780199299126


Ecologists, both practical and theoretical, now appreciate that to understand biological systems they must consider the spatial dimension. Consequently, dispersal has become one of the hottest topics in plant ecology. However, in the midst of so much research output on dispersal, there is a need for a stock-take to determine the needs of future research: what has been achieved to date, where do current studies fit in, and what still needs to be determined? What are the implications of dispersal for those engaged in managing plant populations and communities? This is the first book for many years to present a synthesis of research on dispersal and its implications for plant population dynamics. The book consists of three sections: Section A reviews information on the biological and environmental processes that determine the path of an individual dispersing propagule, usually a seed, and the theory that has been developed to predict these trajectories; Section B discusses the distributions of seeds resulting from dispersal from an entire plant, theoretical research predicting the shapes of these distributions and design issues for future dispersal studies; Section C explores the implications of dispersal for expansion of populations, structure within existing populations and communities, and the evolution of dispersal traits.

    Research areas

  • Dispersal, Distributions of seeds, Expansion of populations, Plant communities, Plant ecology, Plant populations, Spatial dimension

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