Reference numberEC/1978/12
Previous numbersCert XX, 101
TitleHarper, John Lander: certificate of election to the Royal Society
DescriptionCitation typed
CitationDistinguished for his researches in plant ecology, especially on the autecology of selected species and on the establishment, interaction and competition of closely related species. Hiw (sic) work is characterized by acute observations, ingenious but simple field and laboratory experiments and rigorous statistical appraisal. He has analysed the reproductive strategy of species, factors affecting the germination and establishment of seedlings, changes in the proportion of a plant's resources devoted to production, self-regulation and competitive regulation of numbers and biomass. He has also considered experimentally ways in which closely related species may be genetically isolated although growing together in a single habitat. His production and study of hybrids in Papaver raise important taxonomic as well as ecological implications. Harper's work not only has a relevance to the understanding of plant competition and the structure of communities, but also to the agronomic effects of weeds in cultivated lands and to the establishment of crops by seed.
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NA4016Harper; John Lander (1925 - 2009); Professor1925 - 2009
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