Our paper testing the predator dispersal hypothesis in European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is now assigned to March issue of Oecologia! In the article we showed that masting increases beech recruitment through satiation of seed predators that act simultaneously as seed dispersers (i.e. rodents). Importantly, we showed that the situation occurs after seed removal. This is the main feature that distinguish “predator satiation” from “predator dispersal” hypothesis; two not mutually exclusive hypotheses describing fitness advantages of mast seeding.
Here is the short summary of our findings: