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Genet and ramet survivorship under different mortality regimes—A cellular automata model

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Journal
Journal of Theoretical Biology
0022-5193
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
138
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-5193(89)80142-0

Abstract

A computer simulation experiment is presented which attempts to relate survival of genets (clones) and ramets in laterally spreading clonal organisms, for example a herbaceous perennial, to density-independent mortality caused by spatially localized disturbances of different frequency and size. The model used is based on a two-dimensional cellular automaton approach ( Wolfram, 1984, Physica 10D, 1). The results of the simulations emphasize the crucial importance of the size of the patches of disturbances for the survival of both genets and ramets.

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