A trade-off between scale and precision in resource foraging

@article{Campbell1991ATB,
  title={A trade-off between scale and precision in resource foraging},
  author={Benjamin D. Campbell and John Grime and J. M. L. Mackey},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1991},
  volume={87},
  pages={532-538}
}
There is widespread uncertainty about the nature and role of morphological plasticity in resource competition in plant communities. We have assayed the foraging characteristics of leaf canopies and root systems of eight herbaceous plants of contrasted ecology using new techniques to create controlled patchiness in light and mineral nutrient supply. The results are compared with those of a conventional competition experiment. Measurements of dry matter partitioning and growth in patchy… CONTINUE READING
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