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Cyclic transitions in simulated food-web evolution
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Evolution and Ecology Program , International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
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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
Abstract [en]

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.

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Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 6, no 2-3, 181-182 p.
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prey-predator, trophic traits, evolution, community ecology
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Ecology Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104575DOI: 10.1080/17429145.2011.552794ISI: 000288257200032OAI: diva2:821210
Symposium on Biological Interaction Networks that Promote Biodiversity, OCT, 2010, Kyoto, JAPAN
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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