More on mutualism

Mutualism has not received the attention it deserves (Wilkinson and Sherrat 2001), in comparison to predation or competition, but that is starting to be rectified (Wilson et a/. 2003). Margulis and Sagan (2002) argue that ecology has been too dominated by the metaphors of competition and predation and that we should, in fact, have more focus on mutualism and symbiosis. Their argument is an interesting one and the book a worthwhile read, although their hostility to all mathematical methods puts this reader off a bit. Law and Dieckmann (1998) show how models similar to the ones we use here can help us to understand symbiosis.

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