January 25, 2017

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    Differential selection on pollen and pistil traits in relation to pollen competition in the context of a sexual conflict over timing of stigma receptivity

    Sexual conflict and its evolutionary consequences are understudied in plants, but the theory of sexual conflict may help explain how selection generates and maintains variability in both plants and animals. In a recent study published in AoB PLANTS, Lankinen and Strandh show that pollen and pistil traits involved in a sexual conflict over timing of […] More

  • Depiction of the temperate rain forest understorey light availability in Aiken Park (45°27′S, 72°45′W, 40 m a.s.l), Aysén Region, Chile.
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    Light partitioning in temperate rain forests

    In the temperate rainforest of southern Chile, Fajardo and Siefert find that interspecific differences in the leaf mass per area (LMA) trait can explain the fine-scale partitioning of light availability gradients by woody plant species. This niche partitioning potentially facilitates species coexistence at the within-community level. Species with high LMA are shown to occur at […] More