Adaptive dynamics of competition for nutritionally complementary resources: character convergence, displacement, and parallelism.

@article{Vasseur2011AdaptiveDO,
  title={Adaptive dynamics of competition for nutritionally complementary resources: character convergence, displacement, and parallelism.},
  author={David A. Vasseur and Jeremy W Fox},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2011},
  volume={178 4},
  pages={501-14}
}
Consumers acquire essential nutrients by ingesting the tissues of resource species. When these tissues contain essential nutrients in a suboptimal ratio, consumers may benefit from ingesting a mixture of nutritionally complementary resource species. We investigate the joint ecological and evolutionary consequences of competition for complementary resources, using an adaptive dynamics model of two consumers and two resources that differ in their relative content of two essential nutrients. In… CONTINUE READING