Alien Invasive Privet Research Paper

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The role of birds (Fruigovore) in dispersing the alien invasive privet (Ligustrum japonicum)
Nkosikhona Fakude (213519661)
School of Life Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, Scottsville, 3209, South Africa
Abstract
There is an increasing concern about the ever growing naturalization of alien invasive privet (Ligustrum japonicum). The invasive privet is negatively impacting the native plants of southern Africa and it can be poisonous to other animal species. The main dispersal of this invasive privet are birds since frugivores have mutual relationship with plants that bear seeds. The capability of seeds to sprout after being swallowed by birds is important in determine how the population of those plants increase. This
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Many investigations have put more focus on birds as the main spreading of seeds to different places, and the effect of swallowing seeds on germination (Traveset, 1998). There are few researchers that have dedicated their studied on whether birds choose seeds of invasive plants over seed of native plants (Drummond, 2005). There are various ways in which seeds can be dispersed, this includes animals, wind or water (Willson & Traveset, 2000). The main purpose of the study is to find out whether bird disperses the alien invasive privet, by exploring the effect of seeds eaten by frugivores on germination. It was hypothesized that birds increases the rate of germination of seeds thus increasing the number of invasive privet by dispersing it to different…show more content…
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