Patchy habitats division of labour and growth dividends in clonal plants

Hutchings, Michael J and Wijesinghe, Dushyantha K (1997) Patchy habitats division of labour and growth dividends in clonal plants. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 12 (10). pp. 390-394. ISSN 01695347

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Natural habitats are patchy in quality. In clonal plants, resource- acquiring structures often occupy sites that differ in quality. Clonal plants can display division of labour in resource-acquisition duties, manifested as local specialization by ramets, which enhances acquisition of each resource from sites of greatest abundance. Physiological integration can re- distribute resources internally from sites of acquisition to clone parts sited where the same resources are scarce. Recent research is showing that such specialization and resource sharing is a highly efficient strategy for acquiring resources and that it can result in considerably greater growth when resources are heterogeneously distributed than when the same quantity of resources is distributed homogeneously.

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Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Michael Hutchings
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:54
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