The shape of a defense-growth trade-off governs seasonal trait dynamics in natural phytoplankton

@inproceedings{Ehrlich2018TheSO,
  title={The shape of a defense-growth trade-off governs seasonal trait dynamics in natural phytoplankton},
  author={Elias Ehrlich and Nadja J. Kath and Ursula Gaedke},
  year={2018}
}
Functional trait compositions of communities can adapt to altered environmental conditions ensuring community persistence. Theory predicts that the shape of trade-offs between traits crucially affects these trait dynamics, but its empirical verification from the field is missing. Here, we show how the shape of a defense-growth trade-off governs seasonal trait dynamics of a natural community, using high-frequency, long-term measurements of phytoplankton from Lake Constance. As expected from the… CONTINUE READING
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