Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies.

  title={Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies.},
  author={Peter B Adler and Roberto Salguero-G{\'o}mez and Aldo Compagnoni and Joanna S Hsu and Jayanti Ray-Mukherjee and Cyril Mbeau-Ache and Miguel Franco},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={111 2},
Ecologists seek general explanations for the dramatic variation in species abundances in space and time. An increasingly popular solution is to predict species distributions, dynamics, and responses to environmental change based on easily measured anatomical and morphological traits. Trait-based approaches assume that simple functional traits influence fitness and life history evolution, but rigorous tests of this assumption are lacking, because they require quantitative information about the… CONTINUE READING
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