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Selection at the level of the community: the importance of spatial structure


Johnson, CR and Boerlijst, MC, Selection at the level of the community: the importance of spatial structure, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 17, (2) pp. 83-90. ISSN 0169-5347 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(01)02385-0


To ask whether natural selection occurs at the level of the community is to consider whether communities represent a major transition in evolution - can particular community configurations evolve and maintain their integrity in the face of disruption arising from the self-interest of component individuals? This requires heritable variation among subcommunities in a landscape, and that alternative subcommunities maintain a degree of individuality in both time and space. Recently developed models show that spatial self-structuring in multispecies systems can meet both criteria and provide a rich substrate for community-level selection and a major transition in evolution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Johnson, CR (Professor Craig Johnson)
ID Code:25509
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:62
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2004-12-06

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