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Response to Comment on “Stability via Asynchrony in Drosophila Metapopulations with Low Migration Rates”

Science  20 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5798, pp. 420b
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131367

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Abstract

Ranta and Kaitala find asynchrony in our experiment unexpected and suggest stochasticity as a possible causal mechanism using simulated two-patch metapopulations. However, their mechanism can yield either subpopulation synchrony or asynchrony. We extend their approach to a nine-patch system approximating our experiment and show that asynchrony is not only not unexpected but extremely likely in real metapopulations with low migration.

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