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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF GERMINATION CHARACTERISTICS IN A LOCAL FLORA
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Under constant temperature conditions, the majority of grasses, legumes and composites germinated over a wide range of temperature, and the same feature was evident in species of ubiquitous or southern distribution in the British Isles.
Seed size and shape predict persistence in soil
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A rapid, simple method for predicting seed persistence in the soil, tested on a range of British, mostly herbaceous, species, finds all diaspores within an area of the graph defined by a maximum weight and variance are persistent in the soils.
Integrated screening validates primary axes of specialisation in plants
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The evidence assembled here and elsewhere in the current literature points to the existence of primary functional types, including those recognized by Ramenskii and Grime, which provide strong evidence of functional integration between evolutionary specializations in root and shoot and support Donald's unified theory of competitive ability.
The plant traits that drive ecosystems: Evidence from three continents
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Whether the screening techniques remain operational in widely contrasted circumstances, to test for the existence of axes of variation in the particular sets of traits, and for their links with ‘harder’ traits of proven importance to ecosystem functioning are discovered.
A comparative study of leaf nutrient concentrations in a regional herbaceous flora.
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The results suggest that plants with nutrient-rich foliage grow quickly, dominate nutrient- rich ecosystems and are generally increasing as a result of the eutrophication and disturbance arising from human exploitation.
A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF SHOOT PHENOLOGY AND DOMINANCE IN HERBACEOUS VEGETATION
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A general conclusion drawn from this study relates to the control of speciesdensity in herbaceous vegetation, suggesting that the potential for high species-density corresponds approximately to the range of 350-750 g m-2 in the sum of maximum standing crop and litter.
The plant traits that drive ecosystems: Evidence from three continents
Abstract Question: A set of easily-measured (‘soft’) plant traits has been identified as potentially useful predictors of ecosystem functioning in previous studies. Here we aimed to discover whether
Range size, dispersal and niche breadth in the herbaceous flora of central England
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In the British herbaceous seed plants studied here the best predictor of range was diversity of habitats exploited, and in this pattern was independent of phylogeny.
Is leaf dry matter content a better predictor of soil fertility than specific leaf area?
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Gradients of soil fertility are frequently also gradients of biomass accumulation with reduced irradiance lower in the canopy, and SLA, which includes both fertility and shade components, may often discriminate better between communities or treatments than LDMC, however, LDMC should always be the preferred trait for assessing gradientsof soil fertility uncoupled from shade.
A functional analysis of a limestone grassland community
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Data suggest that spatial and temporal variation in opportunities for regeneration is an important mechanism contributing to the high species richness of dry limestone grasslands at Miller's Dale, Derbyshire.
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