Quantitative predictions from competition theory with an incomplete knowledge of model parameters tested against experiments across diverse taxa
Ecological Modelling, 2018, vol. 368, issue C, 104-110
The capacity of community ecology for making quantitative predictions is often limited by incomplete empirical information which precludes obtaining reasonable estimates of model parameters. This is particularly the case for communities with large species richness S since it is practically impossible to perform the S monoculture experiments (to obtain the species carrying capacities) plus the S×(S−1)/2 pairwise experiments (required to estimate the entire set of interspecific interaction coefficients of the interaction or community matrix). However quantitative predictive tools are vital for understanding the fate of ecological communities.
Keywords: Quantitative Lotka-Volterra competition theory; Biodiversity–ecosystem functioning experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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