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The ecophysiology of seed persistence: a mechanistic view of the journey to germination or demise
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By synthesising knowledge of how the environment affects seeds to determine when and how they leave the soil seed bank into a resistance–exposure model, this work provides a new framework for developing experimental and modelling approaches to predict how long seeds will persist in a range of environments. Expand
Influence of leaf dry mass per area, CO2, and irradiance on mesophyll conductance in sclerophylls.
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In this study, laboratory measurements of leaf gas exchange and in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence were used concurrently to derive estimates of g(m) in seven species of the Australian sclerophyllous genus Banksia covering a wide range of LMA, and a significant decrease of g (m) with increasing LMA was found. Expand
Does cutting herbicide rates threaten the sustainability of weed management in cropping systems?
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Cutting herbicide rates does not affect the rate at which weed densities reach critical levels when resistance is conferred exclusively by a single dominant gene, and careful consideration of herbicide rate and understanding the genetic basis of resistance are important aspects of weed management. Expand
Fine root endophytes under scrutiny: a review of the literature on arbuscule-producing fungi recently suggested to belong to the Mucoromycotina
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It is found that FRE are globally distributed, with many observations from Poaceae, perhaps due to grasses being widely distributed, and may be more resilient than AMF to environmental stress in some host plants. Expand
Plant-soil feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands
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Simulations revealed that strategy-dependent feedback is sufficient to maintain the high taxonomic and functional diversity characterizing these Mediterranean-climate shrublands. Expand
Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in environments where it matters
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It is shown that leaf-folding habituation is more pronounced and persistent for plants growing in energetically costly environments, and matches the persistence of habituation effects observed in many animals. Expand
Expanding the eco-evolutionary context of herbicide resistance research.
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It is argued for a greater focus on the ultimate causes of selection for resistance in herbicide resistance studies and the emerging fields of eco-evolutionary dynamics and applied evolutionary biology offer a means to achieve this goal. Expand
Photosynthesis at an extreme end of the leaf trait spectrum: how does it relate to high leaf dry mass per area and associated structural parameters?
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The interplay between anatomy and physiology renders area-based photosynthesis independent of LMA in Banksia species, and key structural traits such as LMA, leaf thickness, and density were measured in 49 species. Expand
Out of Sight but Not out of Mind: Alternative Means of Communication in Plants
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It is found that the presence of a neighbouring plant had a significant influence on seed germination even when all known sources of communication signals were blocked, and despite the signalling restriction, seedlings allocated energy to their stem and root systems differently depending on the identity of the neighbour. Expand
Seasonal and Diurnal Patterns of Spore Release Can Significantly Affect the Proportion of Spores Expected to Undergo Long-Distance Dispersal
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Spore release during the hottest part of the day is shown to be more likely to undergo long-distance dispersal than those released at other times, and interactions are shown to occur between seasonal and diurnal patterns of release. Expand
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