This has been discussed in terms of the plant strategy models of Grime in Chapter 4.
These models, in essence, integrate some of the factors already discussed, with regard to growth rate, etc., and are very useful aids to plant selection. A rather demanding example of this can be found in Hodgson (1989). Strategy data on individual native species are provided in Grime et al. (1988). Hitchmough (1994) has speculated on the strategies of a number of exotic species.
The effect of slug control during the first four weeks post-germination on the survival of sown North American prairie forbs: (a) the plot was pelleted with metaldehyde; and
(b) the plot was not pelleted
Table 6.13. Relative palatability of seedlings to slugs and snails (from Hanley et al. 1995; Scheidel and Brueheide 1999; and as yet unpublished research of the author)