The Ecology of Seeds
Edited by Michael Fenner, Ken Thompson
Cambridge University Press
How many seeds should a plant produce, and how big should they be? How often should
a plant produce them? Why and how are seeds dispersed, and what are the implications for
the diversity and composition of vegetation? These are just some of the questions tackled in
this wide-ranging review of the role of seeds in the ecology of plants. The authors bring together
information on the ecological aspects of seed biology, starting with a consideration of
reproductive strategies in seed plants and progressing through the life cycle, covering seed
maturation, dispersal, storage in the soil, dormancy, germination, seedling establishment, and
regeneration in the field.
Softback 260 pages, 48 line diagrams, 2 tables ISBN 9780521653688
The text encompasses a wide range of concepts of general relevance
to plant ecology, reflecting the central role that the study of seed ecology has played in
elucidating many fundamental aspects of plant community function.
Preface, 1. Life histories, reproductive strategies and allocation; 2. Pre-dispersal hazards;
3. Seed dispersal; 4. Soil seed banks; 5. Dormancy; 6. Germination; 7.
Post-dispersal hazards; 8. Seedling establishment; 9. Gaps, regeneration and diversity;
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