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Université de Fribourg

Why are some plant–pollinator networks more nested than others?

Song, Chuliang ; Rohr, Rudolf P. ; Saavedra, Serguei

In: Journal of Animal Ecology, 2017, vol. 86, no. 6, p. 1417–1424

Empirical studies have found that the mutualistic interactions forming the structure of plant–pollinator networks are typically more nested than expected by chance alone. Additionally, theoretical studies have shown a positive association between the nested structure of mutualistic networks and community persistence. Yet, it has been shown that some plant–pollinator networks may be more...