Plant responses to vegetation proximity: a whole life avoiding shade
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In high density of vegetation, plants detect neighbors by perceiving changes in light quality through phytochrome photoreceptors. Close vegetation proximity might result in competition for resources, such as light. To face this challenge, plants have evolved two alternative strategies: to either tolerate or avoid shade. Shade-avoiding species generally adapt their development by inducing hypocotyl, stem, and petiole elongation, apical dominance and flowering, and decreasing leaf expansion and yield, a set of responses collectively known as the shade avoidance syndrome (SAS)
CitationRoig-Villanova, I.; Martínez-García, JF. Plant responses to vegetation proximity: a whole life avoiding shade. "Frontiers in Plant Science", 27 Febrer 2016, vol. 29, núm. 7.