English   español  
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/40468
Title: Asymmetric Coevolutionary Networks Facilitate Biodiversity Maintenance
Authors: Bascompte, Jordi ; Jordano, Pedro ; Olesen, Niels J.
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Citation: Science 321(5772) : 431-433 (2006)
Abstract: The mutualistic interactions between plants and their pollinators or seed dispersers have played a major role in the maintenance of Earth’s biodiversity. To investigate how coevolutionary interactions are shaped within species-rich communities, we characterized the architecture of an array of quantitative, mutualistic networks spanning a broad geographic range. These coevolutionary networks are highly asymmetric, so that if a plant species depends strongly on an animal species, the animal depends weakly on the plant. By using a simple dynamical model, we showed that asymmetries inherent in coevolutionary networks may enhance long-term coexistence and facilitate biodiversity maintenance
Publisher version (URL): http://www.sciencemag.org/content/312/5772/431.full.pdf
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/40468
DOI: 10.1126/science.1123412
Appears in Collections:(EBD) Artículos
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Show full item record

WARNING: Items in Digital.CSIC are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.