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What are the impacts of terrestrial plant-plant interactions on evolutionary adaptations among the interacting plant species?

Eerkens, M. (2014) What are the impacts of terrestrial plant-plant interactions on evolutionary adaptations among the interacting plant species? Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

In this essay I look at the long term effects of plant-plant interactions and their potential as mechanisms for evolutionary adaptation. I first briefly discuss competition and allelopathy and then focus on facilitation. I found that both competition and allelopathy can act as mechanism for evolutionary adaptations and that facilitation can act as an ecological time machine and be a stabilizing force throughout ecological time. However it is not clear whether or not facilitation can lead to speciation, as current research on the topic is limited and contradicting. Thus, there is a clear need for experimental studies testing the potential of facilitation as a mechanism for evolutionary adaptions.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:59
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:59
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/12227

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