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Kyle W. Demes, Christopher D. G. Harley, Laura M. Anderson and Emily Carrington Shifts in morphological and mechanical traits compensate for performance costs of reproduction in a wave-swept seaweed Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12099

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In addition to the metabolic costs associated with reproduction, plant-like taxa can exhibit mechanical costs of reproduction if shifts in mechanical traits associated with reproductive effort reduce performance. Here, we show that the mechanical costs of reproduction in a kelp (increased drag from decreased flexibility) are mitigated by concomitant shifts in blade morphology and tissue strength.

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