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  • Temperature, latitude and forest plant regeneration
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    Temperature, latitude and forest plant regeneration

    Early life history stages are among the most critical phases in the life cycle of plants. De Frenne et al. assess the response of plant regeneration from seed of two forest understorey plants (Anemone nemorosa and Milium effusum) to variations in temperature along a latitudinal gradient. They find decreasing seedling emergence and fitness towards the northern […] More

  • Seed predator satiation and seedling recruitment
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    Seed predator satiation and seedling recruitment

    Isoglossa woodii (Acanthaceae) exhibits population-wide synchrony in reproduction and mortality. Tsvuura et al.  invoke predator satiation and facilitation of seedling establishment as explanations for masting and synchronous monocarpy, respectively, in this species. The selective advantage of masting in I. woodii derives from satiation of both pre- and post-dispersal seed predators, while adult mortality facilitates seedling […] More