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Title: Reproductive Allocation in Three Macrophyte Species from Different Lakes with Variable Eutrophic Conditions
Authors: Wan, Tao
Han, Qingxiang
Xian, Ling
Cao, Yu
Andrew, Apudo A.
Pan, Xiaojie
Li, Wei
Liu, Fan
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2016
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Journal title: PLOS ONE
Volume: 11
Issue: 11
Thesis number: e0165234
Abstract: Reproductive allocation is a key process in the plant life cycle and aquatic plants exhibit great diversity in their reproductive systems. In the present study, we conduct a field investigation of three aquatic macrophytes: Stuckenia pectinata, Myriophyllum spicatum, and Potamogeton perfoliatus. Our results showed that widespread species, including S. pectinata and M. spicatum had greater plasticity in their allocation patterns in the form of increased sexual and asexual reproduction, and greater potential to set seeds and increase fitness in more eutrophic environments. P. perfoliatus also exhibited a capacity to adopt varied sexual reproductive strategies such as setting more offspring for the future, although only in clear conditions with low nutrient levels. Our results establish strategies and mechanisms of some species for tolerating and surviving in varied eutrophic lake conditions.
Rights: © 2016 Wan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI(Published Version): 10.1371/journal.pone.0165234
PubMed ID: 27806122
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