Mast seeding

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Mast seeding, defined as the synchronous, episodic production of large quantities of seeds in perennial plants[1], is interpreted as an evolved plant reproductive strategy (pollination efficiency hypothesis [2][3]; predator satiation hypothesis[4]) that can, however, be influenced by weather conditions (resource matching hypothesis [5] but also see [6]). Seed masting is a complex phenomenon that occurs at multiple developmental stages (floral transition to flowering, pollination, fertilisation, seed maturation) and involves many traits related to seed production, many of which have been shown to be genetically determined[7].