Plant root proliferation in nitrogen-rich patches confers competitive advantage

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Plants respond to environmental heterogeneity, particularly below ground, where spectacular root proliferations in nutrient-rich patches may occur. Such `foraging' responses apparently maximize nutrient uptake and are now prominent in plant ecological theory. Proliferations in nitrogen-rich patches are di¤cult to explain adaptively, however. The high… (More)

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@inproceedings{Robinson1999PlantRP, title={Plant root proliferation in nitrogen-rich patches confers competitive advantage}, author={David A Robinson and Angela J Hodge and Bryan S. Gri¤ths and Alastair H. Fitter}, year={1999} }