by P.A. Keddy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780412313608
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 05/31/1989
Series: Population and Community Biology Series , #6
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Studying competition.- 1.1 A definition of competition.- 1.2 Other views on the definition of competition.- 1.3 Kinds of resources.- 1.4 Kinds of competition.- 1.5 Competitive dominance.- 1.6 Back to basics.- 1.7 Questions for discussion.- 2 Competition in action.- 2.1 Competition and thermodynamics: basic principles.- 2.2 Case studies of intraspecific competition.- 2.3 Case studies of interspecific competition.- 2.4 Literature review of case studies.- 2.5 The current situation.- 2.6 Questions for discussion.- 3 Modelling of competition.- 3.1 Kinds of models.- 3.2 The Lotka-Volterra models.- 3.3 A resource competition model.- 3.4 Competition, behaviour and habitat use.- 3.5 Two graphical models for resource partitioning.- 3.6 Conclusion.- 3.7 Questions for discussion.- 4 Choosing the tools.- 4.1 Descriptive, comparative and experimental studies.- 4.2 Descriptive studies.- 4.3 Comparative studies.- 4.4 Experimental studies.- 4.5 Choosing a research path.- 4.6 Questions for discussion.- 5 Extending the generality of field experiments.- 5.1 Criticisms regarding lack of generality.- 5.2 Demonstrating generality of pattern.- 5.3 Using increased numbers of species.- 5.4 Providing a comparative context.- 5.5 Using general experimental factors.- 5.6 Arrangement along gradients.- 5.7 Conclusion.- 5.8 Questions for discussion.- 6 Community matrices and competitive hierarchies.- 6.1 Patterns in community matrices.- 6.2 Two examples of communities with competitive hierarchies.- 6.3 Future directions.- 6.4 Conclusion.- 6.5 Questions for discussion.- 7 Competition, empiricism and comparison.- 7.1 Constraints on competition in plant communities.- 7.2 Constraints on competition in animal communities.- 7.3 Comparison of insect and plant communities.- 7.4 Making theories operational for hypothesis testing.- 7.5 Resource partitioning revisited.- 7.6 Towards general principles.- 7.7 Questions for discussion.- 8 The path to competition theory.- 8.1 Goals for competition theory.- 8.2 Brains and their limitations.- 8.3 Choosing a question.- 8.4 Choosing appropriate model systems.- 8.5 Selecting a conceptual approach.- 8.6 Obstacles to communication.- 8.7 Conclusion.- 8.8 Questions for discussion.- References.

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