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This review provides a framework for understanding the mechanisms of insect seed predation, the diversity of insects that prey on seeds, and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of insect seed predation. Insect seed predation can play significant roles in reducing plant population growth, modifying intraspecific and interspecific competition, shifting spatial and temporal distribution, affecting species evolution, and plant community structure, both in natural and agricultural ecosystems.
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Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
insect-plant relationships, seed dispersal
Zhang, J., F.A. Drummond, M. Liebman, and A. Hartke. 1997. Insect predation of seeds and plant population dynamics. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 163.