Sexual dimorphism in a dioecious population of the wind-pollinated herb Mercurialis annua: the interactive effects of resource availability and competition.

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_FE639ACFA4F4
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Titre
Sexual dimorphism in a dioecious population of the wind-pollinated herb Mercurialis annua: the interactive effects of resource availability and competition.
Périodique
Annals of Botany
Auteur(s)
Hesse E., Pannell J.R.
ISSN
1095-8290 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0305-7364
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2011
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
107
Numéro
6
Pages
1039-1045
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Background and Aims Male-biased sex allocation commonly occurs in wind-pollinated hermaphroditic plants, and is often positively associated with size, notably in terms of height. Currently, it is not well established whether a corresponding pattern holds for dioecious plants: do males of wind-pollinated species exhibit greater reproductive allocation than females? Here, sexual dimorphism is investigated in terms of life history trade-offs in a dioecious population of the wind-pollinated ruderal herb Mercurialis annua.Methods The allocation strategies of males and females grown under different soil nutrient availability and competitive (i.e. no, male or female competitor) regimes were compared.Key Results Male reproductive allocation increased disproportionately with biomass, and was greater than that of females when grown in rich soils. Sexual morphs differentially adjusted their reproductive allocation in response to local environmental conditions. In particular, males reduced their reproductive allocation in poor soils, whereas females increased theirs, especially when competing with another female rather than growing alone. Finally, males displayed smaller above-ground vegetative sizes than females, but neither nutrient availability nor competition had a strong independent effect on relative size disparities between the sexes.Conclusions Selection appears to favour plasticity in reproductive allocation in dioecious M. annua, thereby maintaining a relatively constant size hierarchy between sexual morphs. In common with other dioecious species, there seems to be little divergence in the niches occupied by males and females of M. annua.
Mots-clé
Biomass, Euphorbiaceae/anatomy & histology, Euphorbiaceae/physiology, Pollination, Population Dynamics, Reproduction, Wind
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Oui
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14/09/2011 7:49
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20/08/2019 17:29
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