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Chengjin Chu, Kris M. Havstad, Nicole Kaplan, William K. Lauenroth, Mitchel P. McClaran, Debra P. Peters, Lance T. Vermeire and Peter B. Adler Life form influences survivorship patterns for 109 herbaceous perennials from six semi-arid ecosystems Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 31 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12106

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We compiled six long-term datasets from western North America to test for ecosystem-dependent survival patterns of forbs and grasses. We found that life form exerts a strong influence on survival parameters and their response to temperature variation among ecosystems. The age-specific demography of herbaceous plants has implications for population modeling and research on life history evolution and senescence.

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