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Jan
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comment Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?
PS many of the leaf trait relationships in the paper you cite (Wright et al 2004) were demonstrated to be mathematical artifacts by (Osnas et al 2013).
Jan
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comment Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?
What do you base your claims that there are only a few ways to be an effective leaf / root on? Evidence would go a long way.
Dec
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comment Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?
I think the perceived diversity is biased by the relative obscurity of roots and familiarity of leaves as well as the scale at which a human observes these organs with the naked eye. I suspect functional diversity of roots is greater than leaves. One reason for this is that roots compete for and acquire a more diverse set of resources and interact with a larger diversity of organisms than do leaves. In short, if you could observe the metabolome and microbiome I would expect the opposite to be true.
Oct
23
comment What kind of mushroom is this?
:-) a dog! No, I suspect Coprinus comatus or similar. Did you keep them around? Did they turn black and inky?
Oct
22
comment What kind of mushroom is this?
Did you try the image search after cropping the fingers out of the target!
Sep
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Jun
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suggested rejected edit on Which are mobile and immobile elements in plants?
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Jun
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comment What are the ecological effects of moderately high and prolonged concentrations of nitrogen deposition on an ecosystem?
Would help to define magnitudes. Prolonged = decades? Moderately high = 5g/m2/y?
Dec
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Nov
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comment Definitions and examples of some math-releated ecology branches
"Numerical Ecology" is the title of a classic text by Legendre and Legendre, with a recent variation applied to R; but it is not clear how the field is different
Jul
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accepted How would a warm winter affect maple sap production?
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Jun
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revised Change in conditions of an ecosystem lead to change in organisms
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Jun
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comment Change in conditions of an ecosystem lead to change in organisms
The question is not answerable unless you define "bad"
Jun
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answered What are ways to compare the “costs” and “gains” of food production systems?
Jun
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comment What are ways to compare the “costs” and “gains” of food production systems?
This is called "Life cycle analysis"