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Complexity does not affect stability in feasible model communities
University of the Aegean.
University of the Aegean.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, ISSN 0022-5193, E-ISSN 1095-8541, Vol. 253, no 1, 162-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The complexity–stability relation is a central issue in ecology. In this paper, we show how the sampling method most often used to parameterize an ecological community, can affect the conclusions about whether or not complexity promotes stability and we suggest a sampling algorithm that overcomes the problem. We also illustrate the importance of treating feasibility separately from stability when constructing model communities. Using model Lotka–Volterra competition communities we found that probability of feasibility decreases with increasing interaction strength and number of species in the community. However, for feasible systems we found that local stability probability and resilience do not significantly differ between communities with few or many species, in contrast with earlier studies that, did not account for feasibility and concluded that species-poor communities had higher probability of being locally stable than species-rich communities.

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2008. Vol. 253, no 1, 162-169 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45180DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.03.001Local ID: 80051OAI: diva2:266042
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-05-18

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