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Growth rates, seed size, and physiology: do small-seeded species really grow faster?

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Relative growth rate (RGR) is currently the most commonly used method for measuring and comparing species' intrinsic growth potential. Comparative studies have, for example, revealed that small-seeded species have higher RGR, leading to the common belief that small-seeded species possess physiological adaptations for rapid growth that would allow them to outgrow large-seeded species, given sufficient time. We show that, because RGR declines as individual plants grow, it is heavily biased by i...

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10.1890/07-1531.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
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Author
Journal:
Ecology
Volume:
89
Issue:
5
Pages:
1352-1363
Publication date:
2008-05-05
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ISSN:
0012-9658
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uuid:3f7874b2-e7aa-4a9d-a444-c0f7e36d460b
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411970
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pubs:411970

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