Bucknell Team Discovers New Carrier Species for Seed Dispersal

A team of Bucknell faculty and alumnae recently published a paper in the Northern Territory Naturalist, an academic journal from Australia. The entry details how the team was able to document the dispersal of the seeds of a rare plant species in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. The wallaby, an animal species that comes from the same taxonomic family as the kangaroo, was responsible for this seed dispersal, which marked the first known record of this type of animal acting as a disperser of ingested plant seeds.

Professor Chris Martine, biology, was the lead author. Co-authors were Professor Elizabeth Capaldi, biology and animal behavior, former Burpee Postdoctoral researcher Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, and recent alumnae Gemma (Dugan) Lionheart ’15 and Ally Boni ’16.

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