Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism
Chen, Gao1,2; Wang, Zheng-Wei3; Qin, Yan4; Sun, Wei-Bang1,2
2017-11-01
发表期刊JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY
ISSN1672-9072
卷号59期号:11页码:792-796
摘要Vespicochory, seed dispersal by hornets, is a rare seed dispersal mechanism in angiosperms and, to date, there are few records of this phenomenon. Through field investigations and behavioral assays conducted in four populations of Stemona tuberosa from 2011-2016, we demonstrate that hornets are the primary seed dispersers of S. tuberosa and play an important role in "long-distance" seed dispersal in this species. Furthermore, some ant species act as secondary dispersers and may transport the seeds to safe sites. Hornets and ants provide complementary seed dispersal at different spatial scales. This unique example of insect-plant mutualism may be an underestimated but important strategy to ensure "long-distance" seed dispersal in other myrmecochorous plants.
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条目标识符http://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/60366
专题中国科学院东亚植物多样性与生物地理学重点实验室
作者单位1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Bot Garden, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650204, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650204, Yunnan, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Chemi Ecol Grp, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Yunnan Univ, Sch Life Sci, Kunming 650200, Yunnan, Peoples R China
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Chen, Gao,Wang, Zheng-Wei,Qin, Yan,et al. Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism[J]. JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY,2017,59(11):792-796.
APA Chen, Gao,Wang, Zheng-Wei,Qin, Yan,&Sun, Wei-Bang.(2017).Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism.JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY,59(11),792-796.
MLA Chen, Gao,et al."Seed dispersal by hornets: An unusual insect-plant mutualism".JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY 59.11(2017):792-796.
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