Food Chain Equilibria
This chapter considers the theoretical equilibrium consequences of ratio-dependent and prey-dependent views and compares them with evidence from nature. It provides evidence, mostly from lakes and marine systems, regarding the responses of food chains to enrichment. It discusses a number of theoretical observations such as the trophic cascade pattern. It also looks into how food webs based on donor control, a case of ratio dependence, are shown to be much more stable than those based on the Lotka-Volterra model, and explains the persistence of complex food webs in nature.
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