5th International Symposium-Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal (1985-2010)

FSD 2010 - Interviews




Interviews about FSD2010 at Mongabay.com

Kimberly Holbrook, May 24, 2010

Long-distance seed dispersal and hunting

Scientists are just beginning to uncover the complex relationship between healthy biodiverse tropical forests and seed dispersers (...). Performing her Master's work in Cameroon, Holbrook explained to mongabay.com h(...) ow she discovered that African forest hornbills may spread seeds much further than expected. Read More


Shumpei Kitamura, April 26, 2010

Hornbills are one of Asia's most attractive birds

Large, colorful, and easier to spot than most other birds, hornbills have become iconic animals in the tropical forests of Asia. Yet, most people probably don't realize just how important hornbills are to the tropical forests they inhabit: as fruit-eaters, hornbills play a key role in dispersing the seeds of tropical trees, thereby keeping forests healthy and diverse. Read more.

Arndt Hampe, April 05, 2010

Seed dispersal in the face of climate change

Without seed dispersal plants could not survive. Seed dispersal—i.e. birds spreading seeds or wind carrying seeds—means the mechanism by which a seed is moved from its parent tree to a new area; if fortunate the seed will sprout in its new resting place, produce a plant which will eventually seed, and the process will begin anew. Read More

Pierre-Michel Forget, March 07, 2010

Why seed dispersers matter, an interview with Pierre-Michel Forget, chair of the FSD International Symposium

There are few areas of research in tropical biology more exciting and more important than seed dispersal. Seed dispersal—the process by which seeds are spread from parent trees to new sprouting ground—underpins the ecology of forests worldwide. Read More.


Other related interviews of speakers at FSD2010

Hunting across Southeast Asia weakens forests' survival, An interview with Richard Corlett

Subtle threats could ruin the Amazon rainforest An interview with Amazon scientist Dr. Carlos Peres

Biodiversity conservation will only work if local people benefit An interview with Dr. Nina Farwig of BIOTA-East Africa




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