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Record number 407504
Title Stability of Ecological Communities and the Architecture of Mutualistic and Trophic Networks
Author(s) Thebault, E.M.C.; Fontaine, C.
Source Science 329 (2010)5993. - ISSN 0036-8075 - p. 853 - 856.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1188321
Department(s) Biometris (WU MAT)
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) food-web structure - biodiversity - pollination - competition - modularity - diversity
Abstract Research on the relationship between the architecture of ecological networks and community stability has mainly focused on one type of interaction at a time, making difficult any comparison between different network types. We used a theoretical approach to show that the network architecture favoring stability fundamentally differs between trophic and mutualistic networks. A highly connected and nested architecture promotes community stability in mutualistic networks, whereas the stability of trophic networks is enhanced in compartmented and weakly connected architectures. These theoretical predictions are supported by a meta-analysis on the architecture of a large series of real pollination (mutualistic) and herbivory (trophic) networks. We conclude that strong variations in the stability of architectural patterns constrain ecological networks toward different architectures, depending on the type of interaction.
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