Top-down control inhibits spatial self-organization of a patterned landscape.

@article{Weerman2011TopdownCI,
  title={Top-down control inhibits spatial self-organization of a patterned landscape.},
  author={Ellen J. Weerman and Peter M. J. Herman and Johan van de Koppel},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={487-95}
}
Regular, self-organized spatial patterns in primary producers have been described in a wide range of ecosystems and are predicted to affect community production and resilience. Although consumers are abundant in most systems, the effect of trophic interactions on pattern formation in primary producers remains unstudied. We studied the effects of top-down control by herbivores on a self-organized landscape of regularly spaced, diatom-covered hummocks alternating with water-filled hollows on an… CONTINUE READING