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Network Challenge (Chapter 6), The: Biological Networks: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and the Galapagos Islands

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Network Challenge (Chapter 6), The: Biological Networks: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and the Galapagos Islands

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Pages: 24
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-702464-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-702464-3

Biology remains the most extensive and complex information network on the planet. This chapter examines the nature of biological networks, including their inherent stability and risks to their resilience. After a general introduction exploring networks and biological systems, this chapter reviews (1) the evolution of biological networks; (2) principles that govern biological networks; and (3) measures of stability, productivity, and efficiency in biological networks. The authors use examples from food (energy) transfer in rainforests and coral reefs, as well as the creation of a biological network through colonization in Darwin’s Finches of the Galapagos Islands. Research shows that while large biological networks are inherently unstable, some are more stable than others.

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Biological Networks

Network Structure: What Determines Food Web Stability?

Network Evolution

Conclusions: Biology and Business

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