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Dispersal in PlantsA Population Perspective$
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Roger Cousens, Calvin Dytham, and Richard Law

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299126.001.0001

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Post-release movement of propagules

Post-release movement of propagules

(p.50) CHAPTER 4 Post-release movement of propagules
Dispersal in Plants

Roger Cousens

Calvin Dytham

Richard Law

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the main types of dispersal vector, the characteristics of their behaviour relevant to dispersal, their effects on the trajectory of single propagules, and the final distances moved under their influence. The development of models to predict the trajectories of individual propagules in air and water is reviewed: the key to success has been the development of a mechanistic understanding of the behaviour of the dispersal vector. This is contrasted with models of movement by animals, which are based largely on descriptive data from tracked animals. Approaches for achieving more mechanistic models of animal dispersal are discussed.

Keywords:   trajectory, wind, water, animals, dispersal, model, mechanistic, descriptive

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