Regeneration by seeds
Functional responses of seeds across species and habitats
The evolutionary success of vascular plants on terrestrial habitats is strongly linked to the "invention" of seeds and fruits. Globally, these propagules are a key stage for plant regeneration through processes such as dispersal, germination and establishment. The success of a plant to regenerate will depend on internal and external factors, which ultimately define the ecological response of seeds to environmental drivers. Seed traits are key tools in basic and applied research for understanding community assembly and delineating habitat restoration.
By using both observational and experimental studies on seed traits across different habitats, we aim to understand: How the seed spectrum of ecological functions differs across habitats? What are the trade-offs of seed traits across species and communities? How seed ecology helps us to underline ecosystem restoration?