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Population and Community Ecology of Ontogenetic Development$
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André M. de Roos and Lennart Persson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691137575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691137575.001.0001

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Demand-Driven Systems, Model Hierarchies, and Ontogenetic Asymmetry

Demand-Driven Systems, Model Hierarchies, and Ontogenetic Asymmetry

(p.425) Chapter 12 Demand-Driven Systems, Model Hierarchies, and Ontogenetic Asymmetry
Population and Community Ecology of Ontogenetic Development

André M. de Roos

Lennart Persson

Princeton University Press

This chapter shows that overcompensation and cohort cycles are also found in demand-driven systems, and that shifts in overcompensation patterns and cycle types can, as for supply-driven systems, be related to whether development or reproduction is more limited and controls the population at equilibrium. Furthermore, it considers whether dynamical phenomena like cohort cycles have also been reported to occur in unicellular species, which have a limited change in size over their life cycle. Finally, the principles of development versus reproduction control and the concept of ontogenetic asymmetry have formed major cornerstones throughout this whole book. The chapter returns to these topics and sets them in the context of contemporary—and future—ecological theory.

Keywords:   overcompensation, cohort cycles, ecology, ecological dynamics, reproduction control, development, ontogenetic asymmetry, demand-driven systems, supply-driven systems

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