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Shedding light on plant competition: Modelling the influence of plant morphology on light capture (and vice versa)

Clark, Ben and Bullock, Seth (2007) Shedding light on plant competition: Modelling the influence of plant morphology on light capture (and vice versa) Journal of Theoretical Biology, 244, (2), pp. 208-217.

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Abstract

A plant’s morphology is both strongly influenced by local light availability and, simultaneously, strongly influences this local light availability. This reciprocal relationship is complex, but lies at the heart of understanding plant growth and competition. Here we develop a sub-individual-based simulation model, cast at the level of interacting plant components. The model explicitly simulates growth, development and competition for light at the level of leaves, branches, etc, located in 3-d space. In this way, we are able to explore the manner in which the low-level processes governing plant growth and development give rise to individual-, cohort-, and community-level phenomena. In particular, we show that individual-level tradeoffs between growing up and growing out arise naturally in the model, and robustly give rise to cohort-level phenomena such as self-thinning, and community processes such as the effect of ecological disturbance on the maintenance of biodiversity. We conclude with a note on our methodology and how to interpret the results of simulation models such as this one.

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Published date: 2007
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 262865
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/262865
ISSN: 0022-5193
PURE UUID: 262d7e03-137e-452a-9109-7a316fb609fd

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Date deposited: 24 Jul 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:47

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Author: Ben Clark
Author: Seth Bullock

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