Allometric degree distributions facilitate food-web stability

@article{Otto2007AllometricDD,
  title={Allometric degree distributions facilitate food-web stability},
  author={Sonja B. Otto and Bj{\"o}rn Christian Rall and Ulrich Brose},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={450},
  pages={1226-1229}
}
In natural ecosystems, species are linked by feeding interactions that determine energy fluxes and create complex food webs. The stability of these food webs enables many species to coexist and to form diverse ecosystems. Recent theory finds predator–prey body-mass ratios to be critically important for food-web stability. However, the mechanisms responsible for this stability are unclear. Here we use a bioenergetic consumer–resource model to explore how and why only particular predator–prey… CONTINUE READING
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