6. Seed Ecology and Assembly Rules in Plant Communities

  1. Eddy van der Maarel3 and
  2. Janet Franklin4
  1. Peter Poschlod1,
  2. Mehdi Abedi1,
  3. Maik Bartelheimer1,
  4. Juliane Drobnik1,
  5. Sergey Rosbakh1 and
  6. Arne Saatkamp2

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch6

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Poschlod, P., Abedi, M., Bartelheimer, M., Drobnik, J., Rosbakh, S. and Saatkamp, A. (2013) Seed Ecology and Assembly Rules in Plant Communities, in Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition (eds E. van der Maarel and J. Franklin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

  2. 4

    School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Arizona, United States

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Regensburg, Germany

  2. 2

    Aix-Marseille Université, IMBE, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338881

Online ISBN: 9781118452592



  • seed;
  • assembly;
  • diaspore;
  • dispersal;
  • germination;
  • seed persistence;
  • soil seed bank persistence


This chapter covers seed ecology and assembly rules in plant communities, starting with the ecological aspects of diaspore regeneration, a brief historical review, dispersal, and soil seed bank persistence, germination, and establishment. Then ecological databases on seed ecological traits are discussed. Also included are sections on seed ecological spectra of plant communities, seed ecological traits as limiting factors for plant species occurrence and assembly, and species co-existence.