Gender-specific costs of reproduction in a dioecious shrub

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Gender-specific costs of reproduction in a dioecious shrub
Gender-specific costs of reproduction in a dioecious shrub

In dioecious species females generally endure higher reproductive costs, although compensatory mechanisms may foster resource uptake during reproduction. Álvarez-Cansino et al. conduct a manipulative experiment in which inflorescence buds of Corema album are removed, and find trade-offs between reproductive and vegetative biomass and delayed costs of reproduction in both water status and growth variables. The results show gender-related differences in resource storage and use.


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