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Trends Ecol Evol. 1990 Nov;5(11):360-4. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(90)90095-U.

Asymmetric competition in plant populations.

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Dept of Biology, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397 USA.


Recently there has been much interest in the hypothesis that competition between individual plants is asymmetric or onesided: larger individuals obtain a disproportionate share of the resources (for their relative size) and suppress the growth of smaller individuals. This has important implications for population structure, for the analysis of competition between plants at the individual, population and community levels, and for our understanding of competition as a selective force in the evolution of plant populations.

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