Tropical ecology

Seed natural enemies and tropical forest diversity

Investigating the role of pre-dispersal seed predation in the maintenance of tropical plant biodiversity.

Pre‐dispersal seed predation could help explain premature fruit drop in a tropical forest

1. Pre-dispersal seed mortality caused by premature fruit drop is a potentially important source of plant mortality, but one which has rarely been studied in the context of tropical forest plants. Of particular interest is premature fruit drop …

Why do trees abort their offspring, and what are the effects on biodiversity?

Walking around a tropical forest it is not uncommon to come across unripened fruits on the floor. Trees will often abort the development of their offspring if deemed unlikely to reach adulthood as a plant, allowing them to fall and die.