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FRUBASE

This is the page for the FRUBASE database, a huge dataset of fleshy fruit traits compiled from bibliographic references and my own work. Data are provided for more than 1000 plant species from all around the world.

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Brief description of FRUBASE

VERSION 4.0. DECEMBER 2007. This is the new FRUBASE_2008 version.


Contents

Reference list


THE FRUBASE PACKAGE ACCOMPANIES:

Jordano, P. 1995. Angiosperm fleshy fruits and seed dispersers: a comparative analysis of adaptation and constraints in plant-animal interactions. American Naturalist 145: 163-191.

It contains a copy of the main data file used for this paper, as well as other accompanying files (see below).

Taxonomic arrangement follows:

Nomenclature and taxonomic arrangement follows Stevens, P. F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 8, June 2007. http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/research/APweb/. This scheme follows: A.P.G. [= Angiosperm Phylogeny Group] II. 2003. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG II. Bot. J. Linnean Soc. 141: 399-436.

Plant names and names of higher taxonomic categories have been checked with: Mabberley, D.J. 1987. The plant-book. A portable dictionary of the higher plants. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Please, contact me if you have suggestions, find errors, inconsistencies, orany other bug in the file. As well, please let me know about your uses of this data and send manuscripts and reprints when available. I´ll be happy to help you in any case, as far as I can.

I am periodically updating this data base since I started writing my PhD thesis more than 10 years ago. Thus, I´d like to receive suggestions for new data sources and provide updated versions to those interested.

Please, use these data files for peaceful purposes, enjoy doing science with them as I have enjoyed writing the paper quoted above, and learn as much as you can with them. They are the result of splendid work by many people working with plant-frugivore interactions and are embedded in papers reporting very interesting results, descriptions and discussions on these interactions; please read them.

CONTACTING

Contact me at:

Pedro Jordano

Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC

Av. Americo Vespucio S/N, Isla de La Cartuja

E-41092 Sevilla, Spain

Voice: +34 95 4466700 fax: +34 95 4621125

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This data base is the result of many hours of work compiling names and numbers from a very sparse literature. I've benefited from the help of Myriam Márquez, who aided carefully with data checking several times. Carlos M. Herrera helped with unpublished data and by providing literature sources; his advice and comments were always invaluable. F.H.J. Crome also provided his original data just at the start of this project. Comments and advice from Paulo R. Guimarães Jr., Mauro Galetti, H. Martin Schaefer and Alfredo Valido were very helpful for the 2008 version. Computer time and facilities were kindly provided by the Centro de Informatica Cientifica de Andalucia. Financial support was from the Spanish Direccion General de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnica, projects PB-87-0452 and PB-91-0114.

HISTORY

version 1.- 16 April 1983. Only 219 species. version 1.5 - 23 December 1991. Added many species with information on fruit size only and completed the literature survey up to 1991. version 1.9 - 4 May 1994. Prepared the first version of this package. Recoding of the reference numbers to accomodate the inclusion of the appendix. version 2.0 - 12 January 1995. Added the SUMMARY file and minor changes to this file.

version 2.5 - 8 July 2001. First draft of the web page.

version 3.0 - A major update to the dataset, adding new variables such as fruit color, growth habit, etc. Major addition of species. Started revision 12 Feb 2003.

version 4.0 - A major update to the dataset, with revision of the taxonomic arrangement according to: Stevens, P. F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 8, June 2007. http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/research/APweb/. This scheme follows: A.P.G. [= Angiosperm Phylogeny Group] II. 2003. An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG II. Bot. J. Linnean Soc. 141: 399-436. Revision completed 25 November 2007.

Best wishes, and happy computing! pedro

Last Updated: Martes, 25 Diciembre, 2007 9:41 PM On line since 1989. Pedro Jordano