Evolution of local facilitation in arid ecosystems.

  title={Evolution of local facilitation in arid ecosystems.},
  author={Sonia K{\'e}fi and Minus van Baalen and Max Rietkerk and Michel Loreau},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={172 1},
In harsh environments, sessile organisms can make their habitat more hospitable by buffering environmental stress or increasing resource availability. Although the ecological significance of such local facilitation is widely established, the evolutionary aspects have been seldom investigated. Yet addressing the evolutionary aspects of local facilitation is important because theoretical studies show that systems with such positive interactions can exhibit alternative stable states and that such… CONTINUE READING
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