Climatic factors control rodent seed predation in Pinus pinea L. stands in Central Spain

Manso, Rubén and Pardos, Marta and Calama, Rafael (2014). Climatic factors control rodent seed predation in Pinus pinea L. stands in Central Spain. "Annals of Forest Science" ; https://doi.org/10.1007/s13595-014-0396-y.

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Title: Climatic factors control rodent seed predation in Pinus pinea L. stands in Central Spain
Author/s:
  • Manso, Rubén
  • Pardos, Marta
  • Calama, Rafael
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Annals of Forest Science
Date: 2014
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Silvopascicultura [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

- Context: Pinus pinea L. presents serious problems of natural regeneration in managed forest of Central Spain. The species exhibits specific traits linked to frugivore activity. Therefore, information on plant–animal interactions may be crucial to understand regeneration failure. - Aims: Determining the spatio-temporal pattern of P. pinea seed predation by Apodemus sylvaticus L. and the factors involved. Exploring the importance of A. sylvaticus L. as a disperser of P. pinea. Identifying other frugivores and their seasonal patterns. - Methods: An intensive 24-month seed predation trial was carried out. The probability of seeds escaping predation was modelled through a zero-inflated binomial mixed model. Experiments on seed dispersal by A. sylvaticus were conducted. Cameras were set up to identify other potential frugivores. - Results: Decreasing rodent population in summer and masting enhances seed survival. Seeds were exploited more rapidly nearby parent trees and shelters. A. sylvaticus dispersal activity was found to be scarce. Corvids marginally preyed upon P. pinea seeds. - Conclusions: Survival of P. pinea seeds is climate-controlled through the timing of the dry period together with masting occurrence. Should germination not take place during the survival period, establishment may be limited. A. sylvaticus mediated dispersal does not modify the seed shadow. Seasonality of corvid activity points to a role of corvids in dispersal.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainAGL2010-15521UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified
Government of SpainRTA2007-00044UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified

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Item ID: 30373
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/30373/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:30373
DOI: 10.1007/s13595-014-0396-y
Deposited by: Rubén Manso González
Deposited on: 17 Jul 2014 09:04
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 11:06
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