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A Study of Seed Predation Interaction

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Title: A Study of Seed Predation Interaction
Authors: Craine, Catherine
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Seed predation is a particularly interesting yet little studied plant-animal interaction. Seed predators are animals that eat (digest) seeds. Many species of insects, mammals and birds fall in this category. Vertebrate seed predators often aid in seed dispersal as a sort of side benefit to their seed consumption. Seed predators of the beetle family (Coleoptera), particularly the Bruchidae, Anthribidae, and Circulonidae, have received some study because of their widespread predation on the seeds of legumes economically important to man. Daniel Janzen has studied some seed predation systems involving bruchid beetles (1969, 1971, 1972). According to Janzen (1971a), some members of all plant families suffer some seed predation, and seed predators are found in all terrestrial and freshwater habitats containing higher plants.
Pages/Duration: 28 pages
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