The important role of birds and bats in rainforest regeneration

The movement (dispersal) of seeds is a crucial part of forest regeneration. The dispersal of seeds throughout the forest increases the chances that seedlings will grow and survive. Also, dispersal allows plants to colonise new areas, including land that has been cleared.

Birds and bats feed on fleshy fruits of rainforest plants and disperse the seeds of more than two-thirds of the plant species in Australian rainforests. Most of the plants that are not dispersed by animals are dis-persed by wind.

The information in this brochure is based on research in subtropical Australia, and the specific details relate to that area. However, the general principles apply more broadly to other regions.

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