Explaining mutualism variation: a new evolutionary paradox?

  title={Explaining mutualism variation: a new evolutionary paradox?},
  author={Katy D Heath and John R Stinchcombe},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={68 2},
The paradox of mutualism is typically framed as the persistence of interspecific cooperation, despite the potential advantages of cheating. Thus, mutualism research has tended to focus on stabilizing mechanisms that prevent the invasion of low-quality partners. These mechanisms alone cannot explain the persistence of variation for partner quality observed in nature, leaving a large gap in our understanding of how mutualisms evolve. Studying partner quality variation is necessary for applying… CONTINUE READING
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