Tropical forests are threatened by defaunation, habitat loss, fragmentation, and invasion of exotic species. The loss of species and reduction of the size of populations can adversely affect the maintenance of forest functionality. Large herbivores are known to have great influence on seed dispersal, soil fertilization and a possible dispersion capacity of mycorrhizal fungi responsible for the facilitation of germination and physiological aspects of seedlings. In the Neotropical region there are no studies that empirically test the effect of the extinction of large herbivores on soil fertilization and fungal spore dispersion. The present project proposes to experimentally evaluate these processes of soil fertilization by peccaries (Tayassu pecari) and tapirs (Tapirus terrestris), as well as their role as fungal dispersers. (AU)
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BAKKER, ELISABETH S.;
Frugivory underpins the nitrogen cycle.
Web of Science Citations: 7.