Rapid evolution drives ecological dynamics in a predator–prey system

  title={Rapid evolution drives ecological dynamics in a predator–prey system},
  author={T. Yoshida and L. Jones and S. Ellner and G. Fussmann and N. Hairston},
  • T. Yoshida, L. Jones, +2 authors N. Hairston
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Ecological and evolutionary dynamics can occur on similar timescales. However, theoretical predictions of how rapid evolution can affect ecological dynamics are inconclusive and often depend on untested model assumptions. Here we report that rapid prey evolution in response to oscillating predator density affects predator–prey (rotifer–algal) cycles in laboratory microcosms. Our experiments tested explicit predictions from a model for our system that allows prey evolution. We verified the… CONTINUE READING
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