Maximum entropy production and plant optimization theories.

@article{Dewar2010MaximumEP,
  title={Maximum entropy production and plant optimization theories.},
  author={Roderick C. Dewar},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365 1545},
  pages={1429-35}
}
Plant ecologists have proposed a variety of optimization theories to explain the adaptive behaviour and evolution of plants from the perspective of natural selection ('survival of the fittest'). Optimization theories identify some objective function--such as shoot or canopy photosynthesis, or growth rate--which is maximized with respect to one or more plant functional traits. However, the link between these objective functions and individual plant fitness is seldom quantified and there remains… CONTINUE READING
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