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Author: PETER D. MOORE
Department of Biology
- Variability in biological systems has often been regarded as an unfortunate but inevitable feature. Yet modeling studies of host-parasite associations have now shown that their variability in a patchy environment may contribute to their long-term stability. The patchiness ensures survival of both host and parasite, and thus contributes to the stability of the relationship.
S.W. Pacala, M.P. Hassell,...
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