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From Plant to Ecosystem Ecology – Linking Levels and Crossing Scales

My research aims at connecting plant strategies at the individual level to the organization of the ecological community and the functioning of the ecosystem.  I study, for example, how plant strategies of nutrient acquisition are selected for by the ecosystem conditions and community competition; and conversely, how nutrient cycling is influenced by individual plant strategies.  To answer such questions my research combines experiments, field observations and theoretical modeling, to evaluate links across spatial scales, from the local environment of the individual plant to landscape-scale processes (biotic and abiotic flows).


Currently looking for excellent students!
Efrat Sheffer

The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture 


The Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



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