Saturday, July 5, 2008

A synthesis on 'niche partitioning' and 'neutral theory'

"The key to this synthesis is the thought that niche partitioning is increasingly less likely, and neutral dynamics more likely, as species come to resemble each other more closely. This synthesis would retain niche partitioning as a component of community structure, but would use neutral theory to resolve the matter of why niche partitioning cannot by itself explain highly diverse communities (MA Leiboid) ."

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