Energy allocation by an annual plant when the effects of seasonality on growth and reproduction are decoupled.

William M Schaffer, R. S. Inouye, T. S. Whittam

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A model of an annual plant is developed in which it is assumed that photosynthate can be allocated to new leaves or seeds, or stored for subsequent allocation to reproduction. Photosynthetic rate and reproductive efficiency are allowed to vary seasonally with the period of maximum photosynthesis preceding the date of maximum reproductive efficiency. Using methods from optimal control theory, the model is solved and the circumstances favoring the storage of materials determined.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-815
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Volume120
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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Energy allocation by an annual plant when the effects of seasonality on growth and reproduction are decoupled. / Schaffer, William M; Inouye, R. S.; Whittam, T. S.

In: American Naturalist, Vol. 120, No. 6, 1982, p. 787-815.

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