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Jordi Bascompte and Pedro Jordano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691131269

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691131269.001.0001

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An Introduction to Complex Networks

An Introduction to Complex Networks

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(p.15) Chapter Two An Introduction to Complex Networks
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Mutualistic Networks
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Jordi Bascompte

Pedro Jordano

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691131269.003.0002

Mutualisms can involve dozens, even hundreds, of species and this complexity has precluded a serious community-wide approach to plant–animal interactions. The most straightforward way to describe such an interacting community is with a network of interactions. In this approach, species are represented as nodes of two types: plants and animals. This chapter provides the tools and concepts for characterizing mutualistic networks and placing them into a broad context. This serves as a background with which to understand the structure of mutualistic networks. The discussions cover a network approach to complex systems, measures of network structure, models of network buildup, and ecological networks.

Keywords:   mutualisms, plant–animal interactions, mutualistic networks, network structure, ecological networks

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