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The eco-evolutionary dynamics of mutualistic networks: from pattern of emergence to stability

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dc.contributor.advisor Hui, C. Prof
dc.contributor.author Minoarivelo, Henintsoa Onivola
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-24T11:28:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-24T11:28:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/182276
dc.description.abstract Mutualistic networks such as pollination networks are assembled in well-organised patterns. The study aims at understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that contribute to the emergence of these patterns and the overall ecological and evolutionary stability of mutualistic communities. The candidate developed a mathematical and simulation model of the ecological dynamics of population densities and the evolutionary dynamics of functional traits of a mutualistic community. It was found that specific structures of mutualistic net - works emerge when interactions are trait-dependent. Moreover, mutualism plays a determinant role in sustaining evolutionary stability and the productivity of the community. In the face of biological invasion, the stability of a mutualistic community primarily depends on invader characteristics relative to those of native species. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Mutualistic networks en_ZA
dc.subject Pollination networks en_ZA
dc.subject Ecological and Evolutionary mechanisms en_ZA
dc.subject Patterns en_ZA
dc.title The eco-evolutionary dynamics of mutualistic networks: from pattern of emergence to stability en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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