The sudden collapse of pollinator communities.

@article{Lever2014TheSC,
  title={The sudden collapse of pollinator communities.},
  author={J. Lever and E. V. van Nes and M. Scheffer and J. Bascompte},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={17 3},
  pages={
          350-9
        }
}
Declines in pollinator populations may harm biodiversity and agricultural productivity. Little attention has, however, been paid to the systemic response of mutualistic communities to global environmental change. Using a modelling approach and merging network theory with theory on critical transitions, we show that the scale and nature of critical transitions is likely to be influenced by the architecture of mutualistic networks. Specifically, we show that pollinator populations may collapse… Expand
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