Environmental and Ontogenetic Effects on Intraspecific Trait Variation of a Macrophyte Species across Five Ecological Scales

  title={Environmental and Ontogenetic Effects on Intraspecific Trait Variation of a Macrophyte Species across Five Ecological Scales},
  author={H. Fu and Guixiang Yuan and Jiayou Zhong and T. Cao and L. Ni and P. Xie},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • H. Fu, Guixiang Yuan, +3 authors P. Xie
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Although functional trait variability is increasingly used in community ecology, the scale- and size-dependent aspects of trait variation are usually disregarded. Here we quantified the spatial structure of shoot height, branch length, root/shoot ratio and leaf number in a macrophyte species Potamogeton maackianus, and then disentangled the environmental and ontogenetic effects on these traits. Using a hierarchical nested design, we measured the four traits from 681 individuals across five… CONTINUE READING
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