The importance of natural history studies for a better comprehension of animal-plant interaction networks

Kleber Del-Claro, Vanessa Stefani, Denise Lange, Andrea Andrade Vilela, Larissa Nahas, Mariana Velasque, Helena Maura Torezan-Silingardi

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The central tendency in ecological studies to explain variations in the outcomes of biotic interactions is to suppose that the majority of meaningful functional diversity occurs at the species level. However, individuals are rarely identical and behavioral ecology shows that consistent individual differences alter the roles that individuals play within populations and possibly communities, but the intraspecific variation is commonly ignored in studies of species interactions. Here, throughout examples of field work studies, we discuss that the knowledge of individual aspects (including genetic variation) and natural history are basic tools and fundamental to a real and whole comprehension of species interaction networks in qualitative and quantitative terms.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalBioscience Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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