On carnivorous plants, seed banks, and uncertainty

Submitted by editor on 3 February 2017.Get the paper!

Plant demographers have it easy, as the saying goes. Plants don't move and their fates may be followed through time in permanent plots - as the photo of M. Paniw, taking measurements of Drosophyllum lusitanicum in a heathland patch, shows. What happens, though, to seeds that remain in the soil for several years? Quantifying such dormant stages is typically challenging, and estimates are uncertain. The study by M. Paniw and coauthors discusses how much this uncertainty can affect interpretation of population dynamics and demonstrates how to account for it in population models of D. lusitanicum.

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