Comment on "A keystone mutualism drives pattern in a power function".

David Alonso, Mercedes Pascual

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Vandermeer and Perfecto (Reports, 17 February 2006, p. 1000) reported a general power law pattern in the distribution of a common agricultural pest. However, there is an exact analytical solution for the expected cluster distribution under the proposed null model of density-independent growth in a patchy landscape. Reanalysis of the data shows that the system is not in a critical state but confirms the importance of a mutualism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1739; author reply 1739
Issue number5794
StatePublished - 2006

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