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Differential niche modification by males and females of a dioecious herb: extending the Jack Sprat effect

Sanchez Vilas, Julia and Pannell, J. R. 2010. Differential niche modification by males and females of a dioecious herb: extending the Jack Sprat effect. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23 (10) , pp. 2262-2266. 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02089.x

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Abstract

Males and females of dioecious plants often differ in morphological, physiological and life-history traits, probably as a result of their different requirements for reproduction. We found that the growth and reproductive effort of individuals of the dioecious herb Mercurialis annua depended on whether males or females had been growing in the soil previously. This suggests that males and females of M. annua differentially modify the soil in which they are growing. Our study indicates that sexual dimorphism in dioecious plants can give rise to increased environmental heterogeneity as a consequence of sex-specific niche modification.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QK Botany
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mercurialis annua; resource acquisition; resource allocation; sexual dimorphism; soil nutrients
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1010-061X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:37
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/41547

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