You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Botanical Contributions to Contemporary Ecological Theory
J. P. Grime and J. G. Hodgson
The New Phytologist
Vol. 106, No. 1, Frontiers of Comparative Plant Ecology (May, 1987), pp. 283-295
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2433023
Page Count: 13
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Plants, Plant ecology, Animal ecology, Species, Ecological competition, Ecology, Ecological genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, Habitats
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
In the search for general principles in ecology, the role of botany has often been subordinate to those of mathematics, genetics and zoology. This paper identifies three important areas of ecological research (competition, coexistence, and relationships between anti-herbivore defence and decomposition processes) where comparative studies of autotrophic plants can play a leading part in analyses of the structure of communities and the functioning of ecosystems. With respect to a fourth research topic (ecological constraints arising from evolutionary histories), a stronger botanical response to the zoological lead is advocated.
The New Phytologist © 1987 New Phytologist Trust