The Evolution of Floral Longevity: Resource Allocation to Maintenance versus Construction of Repeated Parts in Modular Organisms.

@article{Schn1995TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Floral Longevity: Resource Allocation to Maintenance versus Construction of Repeated Parts in Modular Organisms.},
  author={Daniel Sch{\"o}n and T -L. Ashman},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={1995},
  volume={49 1},
  pages={131-139}
}
The component parts of modular organisms often show interspecific variation in their longevity. In plants, the flower is an example of such a structure. Models are developed in this paper to predict optimal floral longevity (the optimal length of time that flowers should remain open and functional) under a variety of conditions. A tradeoff involving allocation of resources to floral construction versus floral maintenance is assumed. The main model variables are the rate at which pollen and seed… CONTINUE READING

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