Some Growth Points in Investigative Plant Ecology

  • Peter J. Grubb
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


There are abundant opportunities for progress in the following fields: (1) maintenance of species richness, particularly in characterizing the factors which chiefly control the population sizes of co-existing species and in determining the extent to which sparse species in any given community have an appreciable impact on each other; (2) the relative importance of shoot and root. mediated interference between plants, and the involvement of various mechanisms of root mediated interference, in the control of relative abundance and primary and secondary dominance and in the exclusion of species from particular communities; and (3) leaf form and function, particularly in understanding the evolution of maximum rates of net assimilation in different kinds of plants and of various structural characteristics possibly related to intra-leaf hydraulic conductance. In general, much more long term research is needed in all aspects of ecology. Plant ecologists still have a great deal to learn from animal ecologists, and more should be done to make the two groups aware of each other’s ideas.


Stomatal Density Growth Point Leaf Nitrogen Concentration Regeneration Niche Evergreen Conifer 
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  • Peter J. Grubb
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  1. 1.Botany SchoolCambridgeEngland

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