DISPERSAL OF SEEDS, SPORES, AND FRUITS
Seed, Spore or Fruit dispersal is the movement or transport away from the parent plant. Various methods, from Abiotic to Biotic, are involved in the movement of seeds, spores, and fruits to new or surrounding areas to germinate. Dispersal can be done individually or collectively with several pieces at once. Patterns and methods of seed dispersal vary based upon seed size, seed weight, seed structure, seed color, and seed taste. There are 6 main methods of dispersal in the Tropics including: Hydrochory, Barochory, Anemochory, Zoochory, Autochory, and Anthropochory. Each method has derived modes of transportation, but all derived modes fall into the 6 main categories. Dispersal of any species is not limited to only one method, and many use multiple modes at once. Although dispersal to new habitats comes with many benefits for parent plants, consequences always follow.