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Origin of compartmentalization in food webs

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The response of an ecosystem to perturbations is mediated by both antagonistic and facilitative interactions between species. It is thought that a community's resilience depends crucially on the food web—the network of trophic interactions—and on the food web's degree of compartmentalization. Despite its ecological importance, compartmentalization and the mechanisms that give rise to it remain poorly understood. Here we investigate several definitions of compartments, propose ways to understa...

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Publication date:
2010-10-05
URN:
uuid:f09ca5b9-3dd2-4587-b926-02e44c8985dc
Local pid:
oai:eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk:2718

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