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Fluctuating resources in plant communities: a general theory of invasibility
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It is concluded that the elusive nature of the invasion process arises from the fact that it depends upon conditions of resource enrichment or release that occur only intermittently and, to result in invasion, must coincide with availability of invading propagules.
New handbook for standardised measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
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This new handbook has a better balance between whole-plant traits, leaf traits, root and stem traits and regenerative traits, and puts particular emphasis on traits important for predicting species’ effects on key ecosystem properties.
The Soil Seed Banks of North West Europe: Methodology, Density and Longevity
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This work has shown clear trends in coverage, criteria and classification of seed banks in the developing world, and these trends are likely to continue to improve over the coming years.
The ecology of seeds
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This work has shown clear trends in the dispersal and regeneration of seeds in disturbed areas, and these trends are likely to continue into the next decade.
TRY – a global database of plant traits
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The improved availability of plant trait data in the unified global database is expected to support a paradigm shift from species to trait-based ecology, offer new opportunities for synthetic plant trait research and enable a more realistic and empirically grounded representation of terrestrial vegetation in Earth system models.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN THE SEED BANKS OF HERBACEOUS SPECIES IN TEN CONTRASTING HABITATS
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It is concluded that the major evolutionary force determining the nature of the seed bank is the selective advantage derived from mechanisms of seed dormancy and germination which allow seedlings to evade the potentially-dominating effects of established plants.
Challenging Theophrastus: A common core list of plant traits for functional ecology
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The common core list is suggested as a common starting point for studies of functional ecology, which includes: seed mass, seed shape, dispersal mode, clonality, specific leaf area, leaf water content, height, above-ground biomass, life history, onset of flowering, stem density, and resprouting ability.
The LEDA Traitbase: a database of life-history traits of the Northwest European flora.
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The LEDA Traitbase is useful for large-scale analyses of functional responses of communities to environmental change, effects of community trait composition on ecosystem properties and patterns of rarity and invasiveness, as well as linkages between traits as expressions of fundamental trade-offs in plants.
Seed banks and seed dispersal: Important topics in restoration ecology
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This chapter discusses the relationships between seed bank density, seed longevity, and taxonomic relationships, and the role of rain and long-distance dispersal in seed dispersal.
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