Community Ecology and the Evolution of Molecules of Keystone Significance

@article{Ferrer2012CommunityEA,
  title={Community Ecology and the Evolution of Molecules of Keystone Significance},
  author={Ryan P. Ferrer and R. Zimmer},
  journal={The Biological Bulletin},
  year={2012},
  volume={223},
  pages={167 - 177}
}
Molecules of keystone significance are vital in structuring ecological communities. Select bioactive compounds can cause disproportionately large effects by connecting such seemingly disparate processes as microbial loop dynamics and apex predation. Here, we develop a general theory and propose mechanisms that could lead to the evolution of keystone molecules. Introduced into a respective community by one, or only a few, autotrophic or microbial species, these compounds often originate as… Expand
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