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T. Michael Anderson, Martin Schütz and Anita C. Risch Endozoochorous seed dispersal and germination strategies of Serengeti plants Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 1 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12110

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In Serengeti National Park rates of seed germination from dung (endozoochory) and seed germination from soil showed opposite patterns across a gradient from short-grass, grazed to tall-grass, fire-prone sites. The height and composition of plants germinating from dung and soils were also surprisingly distinct, suggesting endozoochory is an important ecological and evolutionary mechanism in savannas dominated by large mammalian herbivores.

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