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A demographic interpretation of Grime's triangle

Silvertown, J.; Franco, M. and McConway, K. (1992). A demographic interpretation of Grime's triangle. Functional Ecology, 6(2) pp. 130–136.

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1.The CSR theory of life-history strategies of Grime, and demographically based theories of life history represent strongly contrasting approaches that have yet to be reconciled. 2. It is argued that there are a priori grounds for analogy between Grime's three primary strategies of the established phase in plants and the demographic processes of growth (≈C), survival (≈S), and fecundity (≈R). 3. The contribution of growth, fecundity and survival to the finite rate of population increase λ was calculated for populations of 18 plant species that have also been classified according to Grime's CSR scheme. The match between the demographic classification of species based on these data and their CSR status was determined using a randomization test, and no significant match between the two was found. The reasons for this result are discussed, and it is concluded that it would be premature to abandon attempts to reconcile these two important approaches to plant life history.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1992 British Ecological Society
ISSN: 0269-8463
Keywords: competition; elasticity analysis; finite rate of increase; growth; life-history strategies; survival
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Mathematics and Statistics
Item ID: 28300
Depositing User: Sarah Frain
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 14:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:52
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