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Seed size and shape predict persistence in soil
An understanding of seed persistence in the soil is important to vegetation management and weed control, but experimental collection of seed bank data is tedious and expensive. We report a rapid,Expand
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Integrated screening validates primary axes of specialisation in plants
Standardised procedures have been used to measure 67 traits in 43 common plants of the British flora. This paper provides an interpretation of the most consistent patterns in the resulting matrix byExpand
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A comparative study of leaf nutrient concentrations in a regional herbaceous flora
SUMMARY Mineral nutrient concentrations were determined in leaves of 83 mostly herbaceous species collected from central England. Most samples were analysed for N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Al, Mn, CuExpand
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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 whetherExpand
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SUMMARY (1) Variation in standing crop and in litter has been measured by seasonal sampling and sorting of the herbaceous vegetation at thirteen sites in the Sheffield region. The vegetation typesExpand
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Range size, dispersal and niche breadth in the herbaceous flora of central England
1 It has been suggested that rare species differ from related common species in a variety of traits, including (among others) niche breadth and dispersal ability. We set out to test these ideas inExpand
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Is leaf dry matter content a better predictor of soil fertility than specific leaf area?
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Specific leaf area (SLA), a key element of the 'worldwide leaf economics spectrum', is the preferred 'soft' plant trait for assessing soil fertility. SLA is a function of leaf dryExpand
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A functional analysis of a limestone grassland community
We examine the potential of standardised data, mainly collected in the laboratory, to elucidate mechanisms of species coexistence, using a south-facing, infertile, species- rich limestone grasslandExpand
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The impacts of agricultural change (1963–2003) on the grassland flora of Central England: processes and prospects
Summary The goal of UK agricultural policy between the late 1940s and the 1980s has been increased agricultural production. Since the build-up of huge agricultural surpluses in the mid-1980s, thereExpand
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Stomatal vs. genome size in angiosperms: the somatic tail wagging the genomic dog?
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Genome size is a function, and the product, of cell volume. As such it is contingent on ecological circumstance. The nature of 'this ecological circumstance' is, however, hotlyExpand
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