Fruits and frugivory [chapter]

P. Jordano
Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities  
for recent reviews). However, studies of frugivory have been rarely linked conceptually with demographic patterns in the plant population; also, the evolutionary consequences of frugivore choices, fruit processing, and movement patterns have seldom been examined in an explicit evolutionary context, where fitness differentials in plant populations are measured and associated with individual variation in dispersal-related traits. Frugivory and dispersal influence the evolution of plant traits
more » ... of plant traits through effects on population processes, but predictive frameworks that link frugivory patterns, associated differences in seed/seedling mortality and differential reproductive success, and demographic patterns in natural plant populations are Chapter 6 -Fruits and frugivory 3 very scarce (Howe, 1989; Jordano and Herrera, 1995; Schupp and Fuentes, 1995; Wenny and Levey, 1998) . Recent reviews of seed dispersal and frugivore ecology show that, for most frugivores, fleshy fruits are a non-exclusive food resource that is supplemented with animal prey, vegetative plant parts, seeds, etc. (Hladik
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