Cyclic transitions in simulated food-web evolution
2011 (English)In: Journal of Plant Interactions, ISSN 1742-9145, E-ISSN 1742-9153, Vol. 6, no 2-3, 181-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Eco-evolutionary food-web models help elucidate the processes responsible for the emergence and maintenance of complex community structures. Using an individual-based model of evolving trophic and competitive interactions, we highlight a pattern of community macroevolution involving two meta-stable states, corresponding to a plant-herbivore community and a plant community, respectively. On the evolutionary timescale, our model exhibits cyclic transitions between these alternative community states. The model also helps understand the eco-evolutionary mechanisms underlying these recurrent rapid transitions, which end intermittent periods of near-stasis or punctuated equilibrium.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 6, no 2-3, 181-182 p.
prey-predator, trophic traits, evolution, community ecology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104575DOI: 10.1080/17429145.2011.552794ISI: 000288257200032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104575DiVA: diva2:821210
Symposium on Biological Interaction Networks that Promote Biodiversity, OCT, 2010, Kyoto, JAPAN