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Sanctions and mutualism stability: when should less beneficial mutualists be tolerated?

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Why do mutualists perform costly behaviours that benefit individuals of a different species? One of the factors that may stabilize mutualistic interactions is when individuals preferentially reward more mutualistic (beneficial) behaviour and/or punish less mutualistic (more parasitic) behaviour. We develop a model that shows how such sanctions provide a fitness benefit to the individuals that carry them out. Although this approach could be applied to a number of symbioses, we focus on how it ...

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Journal:
JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Volume:
15
Issue:
5
Pages:
830-837
Publication date:
2002-09-05
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EISSN:
1420-9101
ISSN:
1010-061X
URN:
uuid:9bd508f9-486a-4588-9c58-bde1559717fc
Source identifiers:
312376
Local pid:
pubs:312376

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