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Alberto Suárez-Esteban, Miguel Delibes and José M. Fedriani Barriers or corridors? The overlooked role of unpaved roads in endozoochorous seed dispersal Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 11 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12080

By promoting mammal-mediated seed dispersal, soft linear developments (SLD) may act as seed corridors. Given the extremely high density of SLD world-wide, SLD hold a significant overlooked role for management and plant conservation actions. Dispersers selecting SLD can promote roadside restoration, potentially saving financial resources. These feasible benefits must be weighed up against potential spread of alien or undesirable plant species, but we demonstrate the SLD represent a valuable management tool.

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