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The growth rate hypothesis (GRH) proposes that higher growth rate (the rate of change in biomass per unit biomass, μ) is associated with higher P concentration and lower C∶P and

The growth rate hypothesis (GRH) proposes that higher growth rate (the rate of change in biomass per unit biomass, μ) is associated with higher P concentration and lower C∶P and N∶P ratios. However, the applicability of the GRH to vascular plants is not well-studied and few studies have been done on belowground biomass. Here we showed that, for aboveground, belowground and total biomass of three study species, μ was positively correlated with N∶C under N limitation and positively correlated with P∶C under P limitation.

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    • 2012-03-13
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032162
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      1939-1560

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    Yu, Q., Wu, H., He, N., Lü, X., Wang, Z., Elser, J. J., . . . Han, X. (2012). Testing the Growth Rate Hypothesis in Vascular Plants with Above- and Below-Ground Biomass. PLoS ONE, 7(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032162

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