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All organisms, including plants, experience variability in the environment which puts pressure on organisms to evolve flexible responses. The study of these responses by organisms falls into the discipline of behavioural ecology. In this thesis, I am interested in the foraging behaviour of plant...
Competition in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh., behaviour of Mimosa pudica L. and a new method to characterize roots demonstrated with Helianthus annuus L..Download
In this dissertation, I address 5 problems in the discipline of plant ecology: two problems in plant competition, two problems in plant behaviour and one problem in the phenotyping of plant roots. First, we directly test Darwin’s competition-relatedness hypothesis with a pairwise...
Behaviours capture the functional response of plants to environmental factors. I explore behaviours for twenty co-occurring grassland species in response to common belowground environmental factors (competition, mycorrhizae, heterogeneous and high nutrients) and their relationship to plant...