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Fruit-eating birds and bird-dispersed plants in the tropics and temperate zone

, : Fruit-eating birds and bird-dispersed plants in the tropics and temperate zone. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 3(10): 270-274

Tropical forests have been the showcase for studies on the mutualistic relationship between plants and their avian seed dispersers. Only in the tropics can one find such a bewildering diversity of fruit types, or birds that survive on nothing but fruits. But to what degree is the typical tropical plant-bird interaction qualitatively different from interactions in the temperate zone? The emerging view from a decade of research is that plant-bird interactions everywhere are ecologically important, complex, facultative, diffuse, asymmetric and fundamentally similar.


PMID: 21227244

DOI: 10.1016/0169-5347(88)90061-4

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