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Tuesday, October 2 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ecological autocatalysis: what is it and how can we test it?

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There is renewed interest in understanding feedbacks and circular interactions in biological systems. These feedbacks and interactions include vital processes such as cycling of nutrients, species-environment interactions (e.g., soil formation) etc. These 'self-reinforcing' circular interactions have been likened to autocatalytic reactions chemistry wherein one species produces the resources required by the next in a loop. A recent review (Veldhuis et al. 2018 Ecological Monographs) suggests that such interactions can arise through a mix of competition and natural selection, form the backbone of ecosystem organization and ecosystem properties such as nutrient cycling in fact emerge from these. How can we test this idea in real ecosystem?

Lead Organizer

Mayank Kohli

University of Minnesota

Tuesday October 2, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
05. Dolphin Meeting Room