A General Model for Food Web Structure

@article{Allesina2008AGM,
  title={A General Model for Food Web Structure},
  author={S. Allesina and D. Alonso and M. Pascual},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={320},
  pages={658 - 661}
}
  • S. Allesina, D. Alonso, M. Pascual
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • A central problem in ecology is determining the processes that shape the complex networks known as food webs formed by species and their feeding relationships. The topology of these networks is a major determinant of ecosystems' dynamics and is ultimately responsible for their responses to human impacts. Several simple models have been proposed for the intricate food webs observed in nature. We show that the three main models proposed so far fail to fully replicate the empirical data, and we… CONTINUE READING
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