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Succession on a land uplift coast in relation to plant strategy theory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology, Plant Ecology.
2000 (English)In: Annales Botanici Fennici, ISSN 0003-3847, Vol. 37, no 3, 163-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Plant strategies under succession were evaluated for communities on rising seashores of the northern Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden, representing sites of primary succession. The succession could not be explained by Grime's CSR model. Early successional stages were neither characterized by high incidence of ruderals as proposed for secondary successions, nor by the dominance of stress tolerators, as proposed for primary successions. Short-lived species were almost totally absent. Instead, the shore habitat was characterized by species with an ability to tolerate and vegetatively recover from disturbance. The way in which different species experience one and the same form of stress or disturbance is an important reason why the classification on the basis of stress and disturbance seems to be insufficient to explain the course of this succession. Dominants of early and late successional stages differed with respect to root system, breeding system, leaf longevity and growth form (graminioid, herb).

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2000. Vol. 37, no 3, 163-171 p.
Keyword [en]
CSR; disturbance; grazing; g-strategists; plant traits; seashore meadows; COMMUNITIES
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-38073OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-38073DiVA: diva2:65972
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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