Allometric scaling of seagrass form and productivity

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There are strong allometric relationships between the size of different components, particularly a close scaling of the size of leaves, shoots, and fruits to rhizome diameter, as well as strong relationships between shoot size and the dynamics (eg turnover rate, plastochrone interval, and longevity) of seagrass leaves and rhizomes of different species. The decrease in rhizome elongation rates and leaf turnover rates with increasing seagrass size demonstrates the importance of architecture for seagrass productivity, and also provides explanations for the different ecological roles of small, colonizing species, and large, climax seagrass species. While habitat conditions have important influences on seagrass productivity, differences in size may explain the vast range of turnover times, plastochrone intervals, and module longevities, encountered among seagrass species. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-300
Number of pages12
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology


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