Predicting the terminal velocity of dipterocarp fruit

James R. Smith, and Jaboury Ghazoul, and Khoo, Eyen and Colin Ruzelion Maycock, and Chris J. Kettle, and Robert Bagchi, (2016) Predicting the terminal velocity of dipterocarp fruit. Biotropica, 48 (2). pp. 154-158. ISSN 1744-7429


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We measured the terminal velocity of helicopter-like fruit from the Dipterocarpaceae family and present a model predicting the terminal velocities for all dipterocarp species in the Malesiana region. A ballistic model of seed dispersal using the observed terminal velocities predicted dispersal distances of 17–77 m under normal atmospheric conditions. These data are of applied use in parametizing models of species coexistence, forest regeneration and habitat connectivity in Southeast Asian tropical forests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: auto-gyrating fruit, Borneo, Dipterocarpaceae, tropical forest, seed dispersal, wing-loading
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 06:14
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 05:28

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