Dispersal of Fresh-Water Algae by Migratory Water Birds

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Science  11 Sep 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3376, pp. 623-624
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3376.623


Many migratory water birds killed in Texas and Oklahoma contained viable fresh-water algae in the lower digestive tracts. Such birds are thought to play a significant role in the long-range dispersal of certain algae, particularly those species easily killed by desiccation.