alexa Optimal allocation of resources to growth and reproduction: Implications for age and size at maturity.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

Author(s): Kozowski J

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Abstract The schedule of growth and reproduction is crucial to maximization of fitness. Models of optimal allocation of limiting resources are useful tools for predicting age and size at maturity - key components of fitness - for all lifestyles. Early models considered annual plants. Recently, they have been generalized to other short-lived organisms and also to perennials in which growth and reproduction schedules following maturation can be predicted. A review of existing models shows that differences in trophic conditions and mortality are the main sources of inter- and intraspecific variation in size. Copyright © 1992. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This article was published in Trends Ecol Evol and referenced in Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

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