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Ant-mediated seed dispersal in a warmed world

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Katharine L Stuble, Courtney M Patterson, Mariano A Rodriguez-Cabal, Relena R Ribbons, Robert R Dunn, and Nathan J Sanders, 2014-03-11, Ant-mediated seed dispersal in a warmed world: PeerJ, v. 2.

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Abstract (from https://peerj.com/articles/286/): Climate change affects communities both directly and indirectly via changes in interspecific interactions. One such interaction that may be altered under climate change is the ant-plant seed dispersal mutualism common in deciduous forests of eastern North America. As climatic warming alters the abundance and activity levels of ants, the potential exists for shifts in rates of ant-mediated seed dispersal. We used an experimental temperature manipulation at two sites in the eastern US (Harvard Forest in Massachusetts and Duke Forest in North Carolina) to examine the potential impacts of climatic warming on overall rates of seed dispersal (using Asarum canadenseseeds) as well as species-specific [...]

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Southeast CASC

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