Roots in space: a spatially explicit model for below-ground competition in plants.

@article{OBrien2007RootsIS,
  title={Roots in space: a spatially explicit model for below-ground competition in plants.},
  author={Erin E O'Brien and Joel S. Brown and Jason D Moll},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={274 1612},
  pages={
          929-34
        }
}
Game theory provides an untapped framework for predicting how below-ground competition will influence root proliferation in a spatially explicit environment. We model root competition for space as an evolutionary game. In response to nutrient competition between plants, an individual's optimal strategy (the spatial distribution of root proliferation) depends on the rooting strategies of neighbouring plants. The model defines and predicts the fundamental (in the absence of competition) and… CONTINUE READING
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