Salt-Marsh Plant Geratology

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Science  11 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4317, pp. 612-614
DOI: 10.1126/science.198.4317.612


Measurement of individual culms of several salt-marsh plants demonstrates seasonal community change in terms of height increments and live and dead leaves. Tissue production and its ultimate transition from live to dead components and culm mortality all suggest a continuum of geratologic processes contributing to the estuarine ecosystem.