2006
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2006.01097.x
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Abstract: Summary 1Interactions among plants strongly influence the structure and dynamics of plant populations and communities. However, most empirical studies of plant-plant interactions failed to make repeated measures of responses to neighbouring individuals and thereby neglected possible changes in interactions throughout the life history of the plants.2 We tested the hypothesis that competition between annual species intensifies from early to late life-history stages, by sequentially measuring interactions in neig… Show more

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“…Such trait-based ontogenetic trade-offs may equalize overall performance and promote coexistence of functionally diverse competitors. The role of species interactions, such as competition and herbivory, in driving community assembly may also be life-stage specific and thus obscured if ontogeny is overlooked (Werner and Gilliam 1984, Schiffers and Tielbo¨rger 2006, Moll and Brown 2008, Armas and Pugnaire 2009, Piao et al 2013, Baraba´s et al 2014. Niche partitioning along functional trait axes may enable species to coexist, as evidenced by better performance when surrounded by neighbors with divergent trait values (Uriarte et al 2010, Lasky et al 2014a).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…We used leaf number as a non-destructive measure for aboveground biomass, because it is highly correlated with biomass (Schiffers and Tielbörger, 2006). We confirmed this and, hence, equations obtained from significant quadratic regressions with intercept zero were used for the estimation of target biomass at each measuring date.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 61%
“…Holzapfel et al, 2006;Li et al, 2010) and few studies have looked at facilitative interactions within a life form or even species (e.g. Schiffers and Tielbörger, 2006;Leger and Espeland, 2010). Some support for our interpretation about the facilitative mechanism can be found in studies observing lower temperatures and decreased evaporation from the soil surface due to herbaceous plant cover (e.g.…”
Section: B Didymamentioning
confidence: 54%
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