Self-thinning and community persistence in a simple size-structured dynamical model of plant growth.

Abstract

This paper presents a size-structured dynamical model of plant growth. The model takes the form of a partial differential-integral equation and includes the effects of self- shading by leaves. Closed form solutions are presented for the equilibrium size density distribution. Analytic conditions are derived for community persistence, and the self-thinning… (More)

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