The article in question is published in 2004 and deals with the resource allocation of water hyacinth (Xie, Wen, Yu and Li 257). The researchers tried to understand the way the species will react to the increase in nutrients. This paper includes a summary of the article. The focus is made on the purpose, methods, results and conclusions developed in the article.
The purpose of the experiment was to address the way the growth in nutrients affects the plants’ growth and resources allocation. The researchers tried to examine whether the plants’ growth increased if the nutrient concentration grew steadily. The researchers also tried to identify whether biomass allocation correlates with the regulation of resource acquisition.
The equal mass of plants was placed in aquaria, and the experiment lasted eight weeks. The experimental part received nutrition that was steadily increasing while the control part did not get additional nutrition. It was found that the level of nitrogen (N) in different parts of the plants was not affected while the level of phosphorus (P) in different parts of the plant differed significantly when the number of nutrients was increasing. The researchers conclude that the results show that the plants can regulate the biomass and enhance the resources acquisition.
On balance, the study in question provides insights into the process of resource allocation in a particular species. It is clear that the regulation of biomass of some hydrophyte is a way to allocate resources more efficiently and ensure further development.
Xie, Yonghong, Mingzhang Wen, Dan Yu, and Yongke Li. “Growth and Resource Allocation of Water Hyacinth as Affected by Gradually Increasing Nutrient Concentrations.” Aquatic Botany 79.1 (2004): 257-266. Print.