Papers in the Biological Sciences


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Published in Ecology 71:2 (1990), pp. 829-830. Copyright 1990 by the Ecological Society of America. Used by permission.


This edited volume contains 26 contributed papers presented at the International Symposium on Vegetation Structure in Utrecht 14-18 July 1987. The editors organize the papers into three broadly related areas: (1) morphological plasticity of plant growth form in response to environmental variation, (2) morphological and ecological aspects of dry matter partitioning, and (3) herbivory in plant growth and plant community structure. All of the papers take a functional view of plant growth form and vegetation architectural structure, to one extent or another. The papers are uneven; stated objectives, scope of the subject matter covered, and degree of conceptualization vary substantially among papers. In addition, a surprisingly large number of the contributions are predominantly repetitions of previously published results, with only sometimes the addition of new information.