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Energetic Food WebsAn analysis of real and model ecosystems$
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John C. Moore and Peter C. de Ruiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566182.001.0001

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Modeling compartments

Modeling compartments

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(p.172) 8 Modeling compartments
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Energetic Food Webs
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John C. Moore

Peter C. De Ruiter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566182.003.0008

This chapter explores a special type of community organization: the compartmentalization and hierarchal arrangement of trophic interactions, energy flow, and biomass in space and time. Beginning with a brief background on the complexity and diversity debate, it then defines compartments in a food web context, using information from the developed connectedness, energy flux, and functional descriptions arrived at in previous chapters. This is for the purpose of presenting different approaches that have been employed in the past when studying compartments. This methodology also serves as a means to review the evidence for and against the presence of compartments of species within food webs, and to discuss the theoretical reasons behind the formation and persistence of compartments.

Keywords:   community organization, compartmentalization, trophic interactions, diversity debate, food web, compartments of species, persistence of compartments

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