Intraguild mutualism.

TitleIntraguild mutualism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
JournalTrends in ecology & evolution
Volume26
Issue12
Pagination627-33
ISSN0169-5347
Abstract

Although studies of species linked by a common resource (i.e. ecological guilds) have so far mainly focused on competition and predation, guilds are also good places to find mutualism. In this review we consider some three- and four-species community modules to illustrate examples of wide relevance. Mutualism arises from various direct and indirect trophic and non-trophic interactions between species--and within modules both with and without intraguild predation. Species removal and augmentation experiments, other manipulations, direct measurements, and path-analytic methods can determine the presence and intensity of mutualism within guilds. Such studies, particularly when associated with existing theory and new theoretical development, can help advance an interaction-based approach to community analysis that recognizes linkages among mutualism, predation and competition in natural systems.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0169-5347(11)00228-X
DOI10.1016/j.tree.2011.07.011
Short TitleTrends Ecol Evol
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