Criticisms on optimal foraging in plants: a review

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Reviews the ecological significance of morphological plasticity in plants. Plants may place their organs of resource uptake to relatively resource-rich sites, and perhaps actively select micro-habitats by means of morphological responses. This fact receives special importance in the ecology of clonal plants. Foraging models sugggest a mechanism for optimal resource exploration and exploitation in a patchy environment. The concept is exposed within the wider frame of the modular construction of plants, and developmental rules in morphogenesis, as modelled in dynamic morphology. It is argued that "plant foraging' is an analogy rather than a direct correspondence to the theory for animals. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalAbstracta Botanica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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