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Species-rich networks and eco-evolutionary synthesis at the metacommunity level

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Toju, Hirokazu [1] ; Yamamichi, Masato [2, 3] ; Guimaraes, Jr., Paulo R. [4] ; Olesen, Jens M. [5] ; Mougi, Akihiko [6] ; Yoshida, Takehito [7] ; Thompson, John N. [8]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Kyoto Univ, Grad Sch Human & Environm Studies, Sakyo Ku, Kyoto 6068501 - Japan
[2] Kyoto Univ, Hakubi Ctr Adv Res, Sakyo Ku, Kyoto 6068501 - Japan
[3] Kyoto Univ, Ctr Ecol Res, Otsu, Shiga 5202133 - Japan
[4] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Ecol, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[5] Aarhus Univ, Dept Biosci, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C - Denmark
[6] Shimane Univ, Fac Life & Environm Sci, Dept Biol Sci, 1060 Nishikawatsu Cho, Matsue, Shimane 6908504 - Japan
[7] Univ Tokyo, Dept Gen Syst Studies, Meguro Ku, 3-8-1 Komaba, Tokyo 1358902 - Japan
[8] Univ Calif Santa Cruz, Dept Ecol & Evolutionary Biol, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 - USA
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION; v. 1, n. 2 FEB 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 28

Understanding how ecological and evolutionary processes interdependently structure biosphere dynamics is a major challenge in the era of worldwide ecosystem degradation. However, our knowledge of `eco-evolutionary feedbacks' depends largely on findings from simple systems representing limited spatial scales and involving few species. Here we review recent conceptual developments for the understanding of multispecies coevolutionary processes and then discuss how new lines of concepts and methods will accelerate the integration of ecology and evolutionary biology. To build a research workflow for integrating insights into spatiotemporal dynamics of species-rich systems, we focus on the roles of `metacommunity hub' species, whose population size and/or genetic dynamics potentially control landscape- or regional-scale phenomena. As large amounts of network data are becoming available with high-throughput sequencing of various host-symbiont, prey-predator, and symbiont-symbiont interactions, we suggest it is now possible to develop bases for the integrated understanding and management of species-rich ecosystems. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 09/54422-8 - Structure and coevolutionary dynamics in mutualistic networks
Grantee:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants