publication . Article . 2016

Convergence in Multispecies Interactions

Naomi E. Pierce; Anne Pringle; Leonora S. Bittleston; Aaron M. Ellison;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, volume 31, pages 269-280 (issn: 0169-5347, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United States
The concepts of convergent evolution and community convergence highlight how selective pressures can shape unrelated organisms or communities in similar ways. We propose a related concept, convergent interactions, to describe the independent evolution of multispecies interactions with similar physiological or ecological functions. A focus on convergent interactions clarifies how natural selection repeatedly favors particular kinds of associations among species. Characterizing convergent interactions in a comparative context is likely to facilitate prediction of the ecological roles of organisms (including microbes) in multispecies interactions, and selective pre...
free text keywords: community ecology, microbe, mutualism, Natural selection, Ecology, Biology, Symbiosis, Convergent evolution, Mutualism (biology), Ectomycorrhizae, Gut bacteria, Community, Food chain
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