Opposing forces of seed dispersal and seed predation by mammals for an invasive cactus in East Africa
Animal-mediated dispersal can increase germination and subsequent survival of plants. The invasive prickly-pear cactus Opuntia stricta has reduced rangeland quality and altered understory-plant communities throughout much of the globe. In central Kenya's Laikipia County, olive baboons (Papio anubis) frequently consume O. stricta fruits and subsequently disperse the seeds via defecation. The facilitation of O. stricta's spread by native animals is of concern to both ranchers and conservationists, due to O. stricta's history as an aggressively invasive in systems across the globe. However, consumption ...
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