The nominating institute University of Zurich on the breakthrough:

While mutualism was already acknowledged by Darwin, almost all studies have focused on highly specialized, one-on-one interactions. This misses the fact that mutualism shapes networks of interdependencies involving dozens of species. Bascompte’s work fills this gap by showing that the structure of mutualistic networks enhances species coexistence and community robustness.

Tags: Resilience, Environment & Nature, Climate change

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