Comment on "Asymmetric coevolutionary networks facilitate biodiversity maintenance".

J. Nathaniel Holland, Toshinori Okuyama, Donald L. DeAngelis

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Bascompte et al. (Reports, 21 April 2006, p. 431) used network asymmetries to explain mathematical conditions necessary for stability in historic models of mutualism. The Lotka-Volterra equations they used artificially created conditions in which some factor, such as asymmetric interaction strengths, is necessary for community coexistence. We show that a more realistic model incorporating nonlinear functional responses requires no such condition and is consistent with their data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1887; author reply 1887
Issue number5795
StatePublished - Sep 29 2006
Externally publishedYes

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