The architecture of mutualistic networks minimizes competition and increases biodiversity

  title={The architecture of mutualistic networks minimizes competition and increases biodiversity},
  author={U. Bastolla and M. A. Fortuna and A. Pascual-Garc{\'i}a and A. Ferrera and B. Luque and J. Bascompte},
  • U. Bastolla, M. A. Fortuna, +3 authors J. Bascompte
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • The main theories of biodiversity either neglect species interactions or assume that species interact randomly with each other. However, recent empirical work has revealed that ecological networks are highly structured, and the lack of a theory that takes into account the structure of interactions precludes further assessment of the implications of such network patterns for biodiversity. Here we use a combination of analytical and empirical approaches to quantify the influence of network… CONTINUE READING

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