Title
Effects of resource availability on the trade-off between seed and vegetative reproduction Effects of resource availability on the trade-off between seed and vegetative reproduction
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Journal of plant ecology
Volume/pages
3(2010) :4 , p. 251-258
ISSN
1752-9921
ISI
000284502100003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Aims To explore whether the trade-off between seed and vegetative reproductive modes is flexible in environments with different amounts of available resources to maintain optimal behaviors. Methods A transition matrix model was established to determine the optimal trade-off between seed and vegetative reproduction in resourcesvariable habitats. Important Findings The model predicts that plants allocate more resources to seed reproduction when available resources are scarce. With increasing resources, more vegetative propagules are produced. However, if resources keep increasing to a harmful level, plants would switch to seeds again.
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