Stability in Real Food Webs: Weak Links in Long Loops

  title={Stability in Real Food Webs: Weak Links in Long Loops},
  author={A. Neutel and J. Heesterbeek and P. D. de Ruiter},
  pages={1120 - 1123}
  • A. Neutel, J. Heesterbeek, P. D. de Ruiter
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Increasing evidence that the strengths of interactions among populations in biological communities form patterns that are crucial for system stability requires clarification of the precise form of these patterns, how they come about, and why they influence stability. We show that in real food webs, interaction strengths are organized in trophic loops in such a way that long loops contain relatively many weak links. We show and explain mathematically that this patterning enhances stability… CONTINUE READING
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