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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

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

Jordi Bascompte

Pedro Jordano

Princeton University Press

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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