Weed seed dispersal by cattle and sheep

Rex Stanton, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2678, Australia.


Zoochory, or seed dispersal by animals, occurs in over 50% of all plant species (Tiffney and Mazer 1995). The fossil record suggests that mesozoic fauna ingested seeds and may be the first recorded seed dispersers (Tiffney 2005). Zoochory is advantageous to plants by providing an opportunity to disperse seeds further than can typically be achieved via abiotic methods.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2006) 21 (4) 145-147.