5th International Symposium-Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal (1985-2010)
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
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.
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
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.
Defaunation, like deforestation, threatens global biodiversity:
Interview with Rodolfo Dirzo, ecologist at Stanford University