We study the diversity of ant-plant interactions that range from simple seed predation to different forms of mutualism. Harvester ants shape the vegetation of their biotope by eating plant diaspores and incidentally loosing their load along foraging trails. In myrmecochorous plant species, seed are actively dispersed by ants to their nest surrouding while ants benefit form the eating of nutritive elaoiosme present on seeds.
dispersion, elaoiosme, ants, seeds, myrmechorous
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created:2011-12-14 14:18:59 UTC, source:cref