Increasing efficiency and reducing bias in the detection of seed-dispersal interactions based on mist-netted birds

Beatriz Rumeu, Juan Pedro González-Varo, Cristina De Castro, Antonio López-Orta, Juan Carlos Illera, Marcos Miñarro & Daniel García
Efficient and unbiased sampling of ecological interactions is essential to our understanding of the functions they mediate. Seed dispersal by frugivorous birds is a key mutualism for plant regeneration and community dynamics. Mist-netting is one of the most widely used methods to sample avian seed dispersal through the identification of seeds in droppings of captured birds kept inside cloth bags. However, birds may drop seeds on the ground before being extracted from the net, leading...
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