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Juha Tuomi, Elizabeth E. Crone, Jennifer R. Gremer, Anne Jäkäläniemi, Peter Lesica, Bård Pedersen and Satu Ramula Prolonged dormancy interacts with senescence for two perennial herbs Journal of Ecology 101

Article first published online: 24 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12086

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We develop a modelling framework for how prolonged dormancy may affect senescence in perennial plants. Using this framework for long-term demographic data from two perennial herbs, the present study shows mixed evidence for senescence in perennial plants. Our results indicate that prolonged dormancy interacts with the age-dependence of vital rates and may sometimes retard the process of senescence.

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