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SOIL, 1, 131–146, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-131-2015

Special issue: An introduction to SOIL

SOIL, 1, 131–146, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-1-131-2015

Review article 26 Jan 2015

Review article | 26 Jan 2015

The fate of seeds in the soil: a review of the influence of overland flow on seed removal and its consequences for the vegetation of arid and semiarid patchy ecosystems

E. Bochet

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Since seeds are the principle means by which plants move across the landscape, the final fate of seeds plays a fundamental role in the origin, maintenance, functioning and dynamics of plant communities. In arid and semiarid patchy ecosystems, where seeds are scattered into a heterogeneous environment and intense rainfalls occur, the transport of seeds by runoff to new sites represents an opportunity for seeds to reach more favourable sites for seed germination and seedling survival.