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Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile, California, and Australia

Volume 108 of the series Ecological Studies pp 177-210

Underground Structures of Woody Plants in Mediterranean Ecosystems of Australia, California, and Chile

  • Josep Canadell
  • , Paul H. Zedler

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Abstract

Interest in the possible evolutionary convergence has been the impetus for comparative studies of how organisms function in mediterranean ecosystems (Cody and Mooney 1978). For plants, stem architecture, seasonal growth patterns, nutrient relationships, and some physiological aspects have been examined to determine if convergence occurs under similar climatic constraints.