Ecology and function of clonal growth in plant communities (1999-2009)


In recent decades there has been a growing interest in the ecology and functional significance of clonal plants. However, the extend to which variation in variation in vegetative and sexual reproduction reflects evolutionary patterns and environmental conditions is poorly known.
We studied trade offs in the allocation of resources and meristems to sexual and clonal reproduction in the field, under controlled conditions and using simulation models. Species receiving special attention are Epilobium sp., Hieracium pilosella and Geum reptans. We used simulation models to test more explicitely the role of long-distance dispersal and metapopulaton structure for the maintenance of sexual reproduction inclonal plants.


Andrea R. Pluess, Tina Weppler, Eckart Winkler

Selected publications

De Witte LC, Armbruster GFJ, Gielly L, Taberlet P, Stöcklin J (2012) AFLP markers reveal high clonal diversity and extreme longevity in four key arctic-alpine species. Molecular Ecology 21: 1081-1097

De Witte LC, Stöcklin J (2010) Longevity of clonal plants: why it matters and how to measure it. Annals of Botany 106: 849-857

Winkler E, Stöcklin J (2002) Sexual and vegetative reproduction of Hieracium pilosella L. under competition and disturbance: A grid-based simulation model. Annals of Botany 89:525-536