The importance of the intensity and frequency of perturbations on the germination delay

Garmendia Salvador, Alfonso and Garmendia Salvador, Luis and Salvador Alcaide, Adela (2008). The importance of the intensity and frequency of perturbations on the germination delay. "Mathematical Biosciences", v. 211 (n. 1); pp. 153-165. ISSN 0025-5564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2007.10.002.

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Title: The importance of the intensity and frequency of perturbations on the germination delay
Author/s:
  • Garmendia Salvador, Alfonso
  • Garmendia Salvador, Luis
  • Salvador Alcaide, Adela
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Mathematical Biosciences
Date: January 2008
ISSN: 0025-5564
Volume: 211
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Heterocarpy; Homocarpy; Germination strategy; Perturbation; Disturbance; Dormancy.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Matemática e Informática Aplicadas a la Ingeniería Civil [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

An iterative model is developed to evaluate the reproductive strategies of plants in environments with different frequencies and intensities of disturbance. Two extreme reproductive strategies are compared: the ‘‘homocarpic’’ strategy, in which all the seeds germinate the following spring, without dormancy, and the ‘‘heterocarpic’’ strategy, whereby, each year, half of the existing seeds germinate. It is observed that this sort of heterocarpy is beneficial in environments with strong perturbations, in which a high percentage of the population dies. However, the frequency of such perturbations does not cause changes in the advantage of one strategy over the other. The results suggest that the intensity of the disturbance is much more important than the frequency.

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