The relative advantages of plasticity and fixity in different environments: when is it good for a plant to adjust?

@article{Alpert2002TheRA,
  title={The relative advantages of plasticity and fixity in different environments: when is it good for a plant to adjust?},
  author={Peter A. Alpert and Ellen L. Simms},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={16},
  pages={285-297}
}
Plant populations and species differ greatly in phenotypic plasticity. This could be because plasticity is advantageous under some conditions and disadvantageous or not advantageous under others. We distinguish adaptive from injurious and neutral plasticity and discuss when selection should favor adaptive plasticity over genetic differentiation or lack of phenotypic variation. It seems reasonable to hypothesize that selection is likely to favor plasticity when an environmental factor varies on… CONTINUE READING

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