Journal article

Why we do not expect dispersal probability density functions based on a single mechanism to fit real seed shadows

Roger D Cousens, Barry D Hughes, Mohsen B Mesgaran

JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Bullock et al. (Journal of Ecology 105:6‐19, 2017) have suggested that the theory behind the Wald Analytical Long Distance (WALD) model for wind dispersal from a point source needs to be re‐examined. This is on the basis that an inverse Gaussian probability density function (pdf) does not provide the best fit to seed shadows around individual source plants known to be dispersed by wind. We present two reasons why we would not necessarily expect any of the standard mechanistically derived pdfs to fit real seed shadows any better than empirical functions. Firstly, the derivation of “off‐the‐shelf” pdfs such as the Gaussian, exponential and inverse Gaussian involves only one of the processes an..

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