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Lei Li, Jacob Weiner, Daowei Zhou, Yingxin Huang and Lianxi Sheng Initial density affects biomass–density and allometric relationships in self-thinning populations of Fagopyrum esculentum Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 14 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12039

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The self-thinning trajectory is not always independent of initial population density. Inter-population scaling patterns, even within one species, do not reflect processes within populations, and this conflation lies behind much of the current debate about size-density relationships in plant populations and communities. Interactions among plants and allometry are more important than internal physiological scaling mechanisms in determining the self-thinning trajectory of crowded stands.

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