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Merel Jansen, Pieter A. Zuidema, Niels P. R. Anten and Miguel Martínez-Ramos Strong persistent growth differences govern individual performance and population dynamics in a tropical forest understorey palm Journal of Ecology 100

Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.02001.x

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Differences in performance between individuals have important but largely unknown demographic implications. We detected strong and persistent growth differences between individual palms. Population models showed that fast growers contributed twice as much to population growth compared to slow growers. This illustrates the key role of fast growers in plant population dynamics.

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