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Equivalence of three allocation currencies as estimates of reproductive allocation and somatic cost of reproduction in Pinguicula vulgaris
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany.
2007 (English)In: Plant Biology, ISSN 1435-8603, E-ISSN 1438-8677, Vol. 9, no 4, 462-468 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Which is the most appropriate currency (biomass, energy, water, or some mineral nutrient) for expressing resource allocation in plants has been repeatedly discussed. Researchers need to assess to which extent interindividual, interpopulational, or interspecific comparisons of resource allocation could be affected by the allocation currency chosen. The ""currency issue"" is relevant to at least three related aspects of resource allocation to reproduction: (a) reproductive allocation (RA), (b) size-dependence of reproductive allocation, and (c) somatic cost of reproduction (SCR). Empirical tests have mostly dealt with the first aspect only. We examined the equivalence of estimates for the three aspects above across three different allocation currencies (dry mass, N, P) in 11 populations of Pinguicula vulgaris. For RA we studied the equivalence of allocation currencies at three scales: among individuals of the same population, between populations of the same species, and among species. Equivalence of currencies in the ranking of RA for individuals within populations was high (R-s >= 0.43) and did not strongly decrease when comparing populations or species. Excepting for size-dependence of RA, ranking of RA, or SCR between populations was equivalent for biomass and N, but not for P. Our study gives two positive guidelines for empirical plant reproductive ecologists facing the ""currency issue"": (1) become increasingly concerned about the ""currency issue"" as you increase the scale of your comparison from individuals to populations to species, and (2) avoid estimating allocation in redundant currencies (biomass and N in our case) and choose preferentially ""complementary"" currencies that provide a broader view of allocation patterns (biomass and P in our case).

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2007. Vol. 9, no 4, 462-468 p.
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allocation currency, intraspecific comparison, Pinguicula vulgaris, reproductive allocation, size-dependence, somatic cost of reproduction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55876DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-964965ISI: 000248840100002OAI: diva2:407451
authorCount :2Available from: 2011-03-30 Created: 2011-03-30 Last updated: 2011-03-30Bibliographically approved

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