Biomathematics Seminar: Modelling mutualism: a mathematical model of plant species interactions in a harsh climate
16 March 2010 14:15 in CM107
Ecologists have observed that, in a harsh environment, plant species may cease to compete for resources, but display positive interactions such as mutualism.This means that the impact of climate change, where harsh environments may become more benign, could be to change the nature of interactions between plant species and this may be one influence on biodiversity. In this project, we have considered whether the observed positive interactions may be explained through a combination of existing models of competition with other known features of the environment in the arctic (where these observations have been made). This provides a prototype model where sensitivity of the ecosystem to different types of environmental change may be considered.
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