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Food Web Theory Suggests Ecology May Be Governed By General Rules

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March 9, 2000
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Chemistry has the periodic table of the elements, physics has the law of gravity, and biology has natural selection. According to new research published by San Francisco State University (SFSU) scientists in the March 9 issue of Nature, ecology may also one day get its own set of natural laws. Applying a simple set of rules to a new food web model, the researchers revealed deep similarities between highly diverse ecosystems, suggesting the rules could be generalized.

New "niche model" reveals striking similarities between complex food webs and offers ecologists an analytical tool for predicting the impact of species loss on ecosystems as diverse as oceans and deserts.


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