publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Seed selection by earthworms: chemical seed properties matter more than morphological traits

Julia Clause; Estelle Forey; Nico Eisenhauer; Charlotte E. Seal; Anne Soudey; Louise Colville; Sébastien Barot;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2017
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
International audience; Aims : The passage of seeds through the earthworm gut potentially damages seeds, altering seed and seedling performances depending on seed traits. This work was conducted to study to what extent chemical and morphological seed traits determine the seed attractiveness for earthworms. Methods : We tested seed selection via the ingestion and digestion of 23 grassland plant species spanning a range of 14 morphological and chemical traits by two common earthworm species: the anecic Lumbricus terrestris and the endogeic Allolobophora chlorotica. Results : Both earthworm species ingested seeds from all plant species. A. chlorotica digested almos...
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Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: Above-belowground interactions, Fatty acid composition, Granivory, Oil content, Seed predation, Seed size, [SDE.BE]Environmental Sciences/Biodiversity and Ecology, [SDV.EE]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Ecology, environment, [SDV.EE.IEO]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Ecology, environment/Symbiosis, Agronomy, Biology, Botany, Seed dispersal syndrome, Seedling, biology.organism_classification, Plant physiology, Earthworm
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