A Note on Trophic Complexity and Community Stability

@article{Paine1969ANO,
  title={A Note on Trophic Complexity and Community Stability},
  author={R. Paine},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1969},
  volume={103},
  pages={91 - 93}
}
  • R. Paine
  • Published 1969
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
That "stability" is conferred approximately in proportion to the diversity of energy pathways characterizing any particular community is a widely held axiom among ecologists. As examples of this belief, one can read that "Stability increases as the number of links increase" (MacArthur, 1955, p. 535) or "a rich fauna and flora . . . tends to be very stable because of a multiplicity of ecological checks and balances" (Watt, 1964, p. 1434). There appears to be little or no sound evidence available… Expand
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