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Bryophyte dispersal by flying foxes: A novel discovery
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 06:05 authored by Parsons, JG, Cairns, A, Christopher JohnsonChristopher Johnson, Robson, SKA, Shilton, LA, Westcott, DA
This research provides the first evidence of dispersal of bryophytes and associated microorganisms through ingestion by a highly mobile vertebrate vector, the spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus). Bryophyte fragments were found in faeces collected at four P. conspicillatus' camps in the Wet Tropics bioregion, northeastern Australia. These fragments were viable when grown in culture; live invertebrates and other organisms were also present. Our study has significantly increased understanding of the role of flying foxes as dispersal vectors in tropical forests. Â© 2007 Springer-Verlag.
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