Light-dependent changes in the relationship between seed mass and seedling traits: a meta-analysis for rain forest tree species

L. Poorter, S.A. Rose

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Abstract

Seed mass is considered to be an important attribute for the establishment success of plant species being linked with their seed production, establishment, and survival. This meta-analysis shows that seed mass is also closely correlated to growth-related species attributes of the established phase of rain forest tree species, and that the strength of this relationship varies with light conditions. Seed mass is an especially good predictor of species traits under high-light conditions, when the species attain their full growth potential. At high irradiance (>20% of full light) seed mass is negatively correlated with RGR, NAR, LAR, SLA and LMF. At low irradiance (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-387
JournalOecologia
Volume142
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • relative growth-rate
  • phylogenetically independent contrasts
  • tropical forest
  • shade-tolerance
  • woody-plants
  • deep shade
  • size
  • responses
  • irradiance
  • leaf

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