An analytical treatment of root-to-shoot ratio and plant competition for soil nutrient and light.

@article{Reynolds1993AnAT,
  title={An analytical treatment of root-to-shoot ratio and plant competition for soil nutrient and light.},
  author={Heather L. Reynolds and Stephen W Pacala},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={1993},
  volume={141 1},
  pages={
          51-70
        }
}
By restricting biomass allocation to two compartments only-roots and leaves-we are able to treat plant resource competition analytically. We derive A*i, the optimum allocation strategy for invasion into a bare habitat, and A*f, the allocation strategy of the dominant species in an equilibrium habitat. Furthermore, we prove that in a given habitat succession proceeds from species A*i to species A*f, as long as enough intermediate species are present. Analysis of the relationship between A*i and… CONTINUE READING
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