Much effort has been devoted to developing theories to explain the wide variation we observe in reproductive allocation among environments. Reproductive Allocation in Plants describes why plants differ in the proportion of their resources that they allocate to reproduction and looks into the various theories. This book examines the ecological and evolutionary explanations for variation in plant reproductive allocation from the perspective of the underlying physiological mechanisms controlling reproduction and growth. An international team of leading experts have prepared chapters summarizing the current state of the field and offering their views on the factors determining reproductive allocation in plants. This will be a valuable resource for senior undergraduate students, graduate students and researchers in ecology, plant ecophysiology, and population biology.

Key Features

* 8 outstanding chapters dedicated to the evolution and ecology of variation in plant reproductive allocation * Written by an international team of leading experts in the field * Provides enough background information to make it accessible to senior undergraduate students * Includes over 60 figures and 29 tables


Senior level undergraduate students, graduate students and researchers interested in plant biology.

Table of Contents

1. The Resource Economy of Plant Reproduction P. Staffan Karlsson and Marcos Mendez I. Introduction II. Historical Prelude III. The Principle of Allocation IV. Reproductive Effort A. Definitions V. Problems in Determining Reproductive Allocation A. The Currency B. Definition of Reproductive versus Non-reproductive Plant Parts C. When Should Reproductive Allocation be Measured? VI. Dynamic Resource Allocation VII. Empirical Patterns in Reproductive Allocation A. RA and Life History B. RA in relation to Succession, Competition and Disturbance C. RA in Relation to Environmental Stress D. Genetic Variation in RA E. What Does the Evidence Say? VIII. Costs of Reproduction A. Methodological Issues B. Quantitative Links Between Reproductive Allocation and Costs IX. Conclusions References 2. Meristem Allocation as a Means of Assessing Reproductive Allocation Kari Lehtilä and Annika Sundås Larsson I. Abstract II. Introduction III. Developmental and Physiological Background of Meristem Allocation IV. Meristem Structure and Generation of Plant Architecture V. Axillary Bud Formation and Subsequent Development of the Bud VI. Genetics and Physiology of the Floral Transition VII. Meristem Types VIII. Meristem Models IX. The Assumptions of the Models X. The Impact of Meristem Allocation on Reproductive Allocation XI. Plasticity of Meristem Allocation XII. Major Genes of Meristem Allocation XIII. Resource Levels and Meristem Limitation XIV. The Function of Dormant Buds


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About the editors

Edward Reekie

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Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada

Fakhri Bazzaz

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The Biological Laboratories, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.