Seed Dispersal by Ants in a Deciduous Forest Ecosystem

Mechanisms, Strategies, Adaptations

  • Elena Gorb
  • Stanislav Gorb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 1-4
  3. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 5-24
  4. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 25-36
  5. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 37-51
  6. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 53-69
  7. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 71-81
  8. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 83-95
  9. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 97-109
  10. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 123-141
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  12. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
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  13. Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
    Pages 173-176
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 177-225

About this book


Countless ants transport and deposit seeds and thereby influence the survival, death, and evolution of many plant species. In higher plants, seed dispersal by ants (myrmecochory) has appeared many times independently in different lineages. More than 3000 plant species are known to utilize ant assistance to be planted. Myrmecochory is a very interesting and rather enigmatic form of mutualistic ant-plant associations. This phenomenon is extremely complex, because there are hundreds of ant species connected with hundreds of plant species. This book effectively combines a thorough approach to investigating morphological and physiological adaptations of plants with elegant field experiments on the behaviour of ants. This monograph is a first attempt at collecting information about morphology, ecology and phenology of ants and plants from one ecosystem. The book gives readers a panoramic view of the hidden, poorly-known interrelations not only between pairs of ants and plant species, but also between species communities in the ecosystem. The authors have considered not just one aspect of animal-plant relationships, but have tried to show them in all their complexity. Some aspects of the ant-plant interactions described in the book may be of interest to botanists, others to zoologists or ecologists, but the entire work is an excellent example of the marriage of these biological disciplines.


Adaptation ecology ecosystem evolution morphology

Authors and affiliations

  • Elena Gorb
    • 1
  • Stanislav Gorb
    • 2
  1. 1.National Taras Shevchenko University of KyivUkraine
  2. 2.Schmalhausen Institute of ZoologyKyivUkraine

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6317-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0173-0
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