Coexistence of Insect Species Competing for a Pulsed Resource: Toward a Unified Theory of Biodiversity in Fluctuating Environments

@inproceedings{Venner2011CoexistenceOI,
  title={Coexistence of Insect Species Competing for a Pulsed Resource: Toward
                    a Unified Theory of Biodiversity in Fluctuating Environments},
  author={Samuel Venner and Pierre-François P{\'e}lisson and Marie-Claude Bel-Venner and François D{\'e}bias and Etienne Rajon and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Menu},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND One major challenge in understanding how biodiversity is organized is finding out whether communities of competing species are shaped exclusively by species-level differences in ecological traits (niche theory), exclusively by random processes (neutral theory of biodiversity), or by both processes simultaneously. Communities of species competing for a pulsed resource are a suitable system for testing these theories: due to marked fluctuations in resource availability, the theories… CONTINUE READING

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