Mast seeding model 1.0.0

Authors: Lucia Tamburino and Giangiacomo Bravo Masting (or mast seeding) can be defined as the synchronous production of large amounts of seeds at long intervals of time by a plant population (Janzen 1976) and it is observed in several genera. According to predator satiation hypothesis, plants would have evolved this synchroniza- tion ability to keep in check seed predators: large crops satiate seed predators that consequently destroy only a lower proportion of seeds (Silvertown 1980). We developed a model reproducing the interactions between trees, seeds and seed predators simulating two forests: a realistic forest, where the masting phenomenon occurs, and an imaginary control one, without it. Such a comparison, that would have been impossible in the field,allows a check of the validity of the predator satiation mechanism and, more generally, a comprehensive exploration of the effects of masting on both tree and seed predator populations. A full description of the model following the ODD protocol is enclosed.
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