Melissa and friends walk the streets of Bocas, Panama.
A. What are Strangler Figs?
B. Why are they important/interesting?
C. Define types of relationships
II. The growth process
A. Germination of seeds
- placement in branches of forest canopy
- moisture requirements
B. Transformation from epiphyte to free-standing tree
- root tendrils
- allofusion (including between different species of Ficus)
C. Damage to host trees
- stealing resources
A. Sybiosis with fig wasps
B. How did they coevolve?
C. Studies of wide range of pollination
D. Flowering Synchrony and allofusion
IV. Seed dispersal
A. Species that spread fig seeds
B. Studies of seeds dropped vs. released in excrement
V. Other interactions with the ecosystem
A. Species that the plant feeds, shelters
B. Support for epiphytes
C. Parasitic fig wasps that attack other fig wasps?
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