Size and form in efficient transportation networks

  title={Size and form in efficient transportation networks},
  author={Jayanth R. Banavar and Amos Maritan and Andrea Rinaldo},
Many biological processes, from cellular metabolism to population dynamics, are characterized by allometric scaling (power-law) relationships between size and rate. An outstanding question is whether typical allometric scaling relationships—the power-law dependence of a biological rate on body mass—can be understood by considering the general features of branching networks serving a particular volume. Distributed networks in nature stem from the need for effective connectivity, and occur both… CONTINUE READING
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