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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Release thresholds for moss spores: the importance of turbulence and sporophyte length

Johansson, Victor; Lönell, Niklas; Sundberg, Sebastian; Hylander, Kristoffer


Synthesis. We suggest that vibration of moss sporophytes is an important mechanism to regulate spore release and that turbulence and sporophyte length regulate the onset of sporophyte vibration. Spore release thresholds affect dispersal distances and have implications for our understanding and predictions of species distribution patterns, population dynamics and persistence. The mechanisms of this phase of the dispersal process are also important to explore for other species, as there may be a substantial variation depending on the species' different traits.


wind speed variation; diaspores; wind tunnel; propagules; dispersal; vibration; bryophytes; abscission

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Journal of Ecology
2014, Volume: 102, number: 3, pages: 721-729

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