Water-use efficiency and relative growth rate mediate competitive interactions in Sonoran Desert winter annual plants
by J. R. Gremer, S. Kimball, K. R. Keck, T. E. Huxman, A. L. Angert, D. L. Venable
in American Journal of Botany, 2013; 100 (10): 2009 DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1300064
Many people think of deserts as inhospitable places devoid of life, but numerous plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment, where they often compete for limited resources. In desert environments, the most limited resource is usually water, forcing plants to adopt different strategies to compete with their neighbors for this precious resource.
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