Adaptive Signifi cance of Evergreen vs . Deciduous Leaves : Solving the Triple Paradox

  title={Adaptive Signifi cance of Evergreen vs . Deciduous Leaves : Solving the Triple Paradox},
  author={Thomas J. Givnish},
Patterns in the dominance of evergreen vs. deciduous plants have long interested ecologists, biogeographers, and global modellers. But previous models to account for these patterns have signifi cant weaknesses. Bottom-up, mechanistic models – based on physiology, competition, and natural selection – have often been non-quantitative or restricted to a small range of habitats, and almost all have ignored belowground costs and whole-plant integration. Top-down, ecosystem-based models have… CONTINUE READING
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