The influence of predator--prey population dynamics on the long-term evolution of food web structure.

  title={The influence of predator--prey population dynamics on the long-term evolution of food web structure.},
  author={Barbara Drossel and Paul G. Higgs and Alan J. McKane},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={208 1},
We develop a set of equations to describe the population dynamics of many interacting species in food webs. Predator-prey interactions are nonlinear, and are based on ratio-dependent functional responses. The equations account for competition for resources between members of the same species, and between members of different species. Predators divide their total hunting/foraging effort between the available prey species according to an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS). The ESS foraging… CONTINUE READING
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