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Roots, shoots and reproduction: sexual dimorphism in size and costs of reproductive allocation in an annual herb.

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Females tend to be smaller than males in woody dioecious plant species, but they tend to be larger in herbs. The smaller size of females in woody species has been attributed to higher reproductive costs, yet no satisfactory explanation has been provided for their larger size in herbs. Because herbs have higher nitrogen concentrations in their tissues than woody plants, and because pollen is particularly rich in nitrogen, we predicted that male growth would be more compromised by reproduction ...

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10.1098/rspb.2008.0585

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
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Author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
275
Issue:
1651
Pages:
2595-2602
Publication date:
2008-11-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:53122581-a5c5-4625-a3d6-28cda42bd14a
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34340
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pubs:34340

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