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Coexistence and Coevolution in Fluctuating Environments: Can the Storage Effect Evolve?
The American Naturalist (2011)
  • Peter B. Adler
  • Robin E. Snyder
Abstract

Both theoretical and empirical work have shown that the temporal storage effect can promote coexistence. However, the storage effect depends on temporally fluctuating demographic rates, such as interannually variable germination rates. Because variable demographic rates often reduce fitness, we asked how a storage effect might evolve. Using a model of competing annual plants, we find that variable germination (and hence a storage effect) can evolve only if germination is positively correlated with high-fecundity years (predictive germination) or if one species has limited ability to evolve...

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2011
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Article DOI: 10.1086/661905 Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/661905
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Peter B. Adler and Robin E. Snyder. "Coexistence and Coevolution in Fluctuating Environments: Can the Storage Effect Evolve?" The American Naturalist Vol. 178 Iss. 4 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_adler/64/