PerspectiveEcology

From Elton to Mathematics and Back Again

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 1035-1037
DOI: 10.1126/science.1072080

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Summary

Food webs can be thought of as intricate spider webs that despite their complexity remain stable. In his Perspective, Raffaelli discusses a new mathematical analysis ( Neutel et al.) that reveals how even the most complex food webs retain their stability by having many weak interactions between species in their long loops.