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Seed predators are undeterred by nectar-feeding ants on Chamaecrista nictitans (Caesalpineaceae)
Author(s): S. Ruhren
Journal: Plant Ecology
Article Topic(s): Disturbance,Seed increase,Seed collecting
Research Setting(s): Old field
Species Referenced: Chamaecrista nictitans (Sensitive partridge pea),
AbstractExamines the relationship between nectar-feeding ants and seed set in Chamaecrista nictitans. Typically in this type of mutualism, ants utilize the extra-floral nectar produced by the plant and protect the plant from herbivory. However, in this case, C. nictitans without ants set more fruit and seed than plants with ants. The study also examined the effects of patch size and seed predators.
Suggested CitationS. Ruhren. "Seed predators are undeterred by nectar-feeding ants on Chamaecrista nictitans (Caesalpineaceae)." Plant Ecology 166.2 (2003): 189-198.