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Plant Responses to Environmental Heterogeneity
Project Leaders: Alexandra Thorn and Colin Orians
The resources required for plant growth are often patchily
distributed. Our work examines how the vascular architecture of
plants constrains their responses to patchy resource availability.
We have shown that certain ecological conditions tend to maximize
the ability of plants to exploit patchiness in their immediate
environment and as importantly that species differ in their ability
to exploit patchy resources.
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