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      The advantages of being evergreen

      Trends in Ecology & Evolution

      Elsevier BV

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          Recent research shows that the dominance of evergreen species in nutrient-poor environments can be explained by their low nutrient loss rates. From this work It appears that the plant traits that are associated with low nutrient loss rates lead to low maximum-dry-matter production and to low rates of litter decomposition. This suggests a positive feedback between the evergreen habit and low nutrient availability. The growth characteristics of evergreens lead to a low responsiveness to environmental changes. As a result, global warming may lead to changes in the distribution of evergreens.

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          Journal
          Trends in Ecology & Evolution
          Trends in Ecology & Evolution
          Elsevier BV
          01695347
          October 1995
          October 1995
          : 10
          : 10
          : 402-407
          Article
          10.1016/S0169-5347(00)89156-9
          21237084
          © 1995

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