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Gustavo E. Pazos, David F. Greene, Gabriel Katul, Mónica B. Bertiller and Merel B. Soons Seed dispersal by wind: towards a conceptual framework of seed abscission and its contribution to long-distance dispersal Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 5 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12103

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We formulated two realistic mechanisms of diaspore abscission by applying concepts from materials science: large diaspore displacement and material fatigue. These reveal that the ambient wind speed ‘history’ experienced by a diaspore plays an important role in the timing of abscission and in the distance travelled, without any thresholds, and that the effect of the diaspore-wind interaction on long-distance dispersal varies between environments with different wind speed regimes.

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