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Amazon forest disturbance is changing how plants are dispersed

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
Posted by: Dana Walker

The study looked at areas in the Brazilian Amazon with varying levels of disturbance from

 

activities like logging or burning. The researchers found that not only did human disturbance reduce overall tree diversity, it increased the proportion of trees with seeds dispersed by animals as opposed to other mechanisms like wind.

Disturbance also led to a significant shift towards small-seeded species, which are more likely to be dispersed by smaller animals like birds and bats. It is not clear if these trees can support larger fruit-eating animals that specialize in large-seeded plants and are important for their seed dispersal.

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