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Why is there death in a plants life cycle?


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It is probably useful to connect this question about senescence of plants and even populations of plants to the processes of decomposition, soil fertility, and plant succession in plant ecology.

These might be useful:

http://uk.encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_781532796/decay_and_decomposition.html

http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/9i.html

Anthony R. Brach
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria



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