Multiple reproductive parameters including flower number, pods initiated, pods matured, seeds matured and mass per seed each require a certain percentage of a plant’s generated energy to ensure viable successive generations. In an attempt to determine the most important quality, these factors were documented over the span of several weeks as test rapid grow radish plants matured. Variables of reproductive effort would divide nutritional allocations in accordance of priority, with the effort of least variability being most critical to success. The quality held most constant among the test plants was seed mass. An established seed mass, irrespective of resources available or plant size, has competitive priority over the other reproductive variables.
"Trade-Offs Among Parameters of Reproductive Efforts in Rapid Grow Radish,"
ESSAI: Vol. 6
, Article 8.
Available at: http://dc.cod.edu/essai/vol6/iss1/8