The Adaptive Significance of Tree Height

  title={The Adaptive Significance of Tree Height},
  author={D. King},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={809 - 828}
  • D. King
  • Published 1990
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • A game-theoretical model of tree growth is developed to evaluate the adaptive significance of height growth. The model balances the advantages of height for light interception against height-related costs, such as increased maintenance respiration, that reduce the energy available for stem growth. The model predicts an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) for trees of even-aged stands. This ESS consists of a prolonged interval of height growth that terminates when the trees reach 87% of the… CONTINUE READING
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