EcolChange seminar – Gordon McNickle about plant foraging games

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange.

Gordon McNickle is professor at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He visits Department of Botany as an opponent at PhD defence of Sirgi Saar on October 26th, at 13.15 in Vaga auditorium, Lai 40, Tartu.

Title of the talk: Plant foraging games: scaling from resource uptake strategies to communities and ecosystems

Time: Friday(!), 27. October 2017 at 11.15

Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)

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The plant that foraged too much… (screenshot from Roger Corman´s “The Little Shop of Horrors”, 1960)

Abstract:
Plants have plastic growth responses to resource availability and distribution that allows them to deal with patchiness. Plants also have remarkably sophisticated responses to neighbouring plants, adjusting their growth and allocation to enhance competitive ability. These plant responses to neighbours are best described using evolutionary game theory. Dr. McNickle will discuss these plastic growth behaviours of plants, scaling their effects from nutrients up to ecosystems.

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