Large seeds provide an intrinsic growth advantage that depends on leaf traits and root allocation

Kimberley Simpson, Rebecca Atkinson, Emily Mockford, Chris Bennett, Colin Osborne & Mark Rees
Seed mass and growth rate are important dimensions of plant ecological diversity, but their relationship remains unresolved. Negative relationships between relative growth rate (RGR) and seed mass are well established. However, RGR is size-dependent, so small-seeded species might achieve fast growth simply because they are initially small. Using a dataset of unprecedented size, sampling 382 grass species, we investigated seed mass and growth rate using both RGR and SGR (RGR at a specific size), accounting...
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