Cyclic transitions in simulated food-web evolution

Takahashi, D., Brännström, Å., Mazzucco, R., Yamauchi, A., & Dieckmann, U. ORCID: (2011). Cyclic transitions in simulated food-web evolution. Journal of Plant Interactions 6 (2) 181-182. 10.1080/17429145.2011.552794.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community ecology; Evolution; Prey-predator interactions; Trophic traits
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Plant Interactions; 6(2-3):181-182 (June 2011)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:21

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