Ecological networks and their fragility

  title={Ecological networks and their fragility},
  author={J. Montoya and S. Pimm and R. Sol{\'e}},
  • J. Montoya, S. Pimm, R. Solé
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Darwin used the metaphor of a ‘tangled bank’ to describe the complex interactions between species. Those interactions are varied: they can be antagonistic ones involving predation, herbivory and parasitism, or mutualistic ones, such as those involving the pollination of flowers by insects. Moreover, the metaphor hints that the interactions may be complex to the point of being impossible to understand. All interactions can be visualized as ecological networks, in which species are linked… CONTINUE READING
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