Population dynamics of meristems among defoliated Brazilian peppertrees Introduction: the problem distribution of Brazilian peppertree in Florida A potential biocontrol agent: sawfly Heteroperreyia hubrichi research objectives methods—growth of young trees field plots at Ft. Pierce IRREC significance of meristems woody plant meristems axillary bud of ash apical dominance strong vs weak apical dominance loss of apical meristems releases axillary buds from dormancy sequential photos of leaf replacement in defoliated BP graph: avg. no. meristems per BP plants at 4-week intervals graph: avg. height of BP plants at 4-week intervals conclusions and speculations conclusions and speculations cont’d

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