The importance of natural history studies for a better comprehension of animal-plant interaction networks

Authors

  • Kleber Del-Claro Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Vanessa Stefani Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Denise Lange Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Andrea Andrade Vilela Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Larissa Nahas Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Mariana Velasques Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Helena Maura Torezan-Silingardi Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v29n2a2013-17892

Abstract

The central tendency in ecological studies to explain variations in the outcomes of biotic interactions is to suppose that the majority of meaningful functional diversity occurs at the species level. However, individuals are rarely identical and behavioral ecology shows that consistent individual differences alter the roles that individuals play within populations and possibly communities, but the intraspecific variation is commonly ignored in studies of species interactions. Here, throughout examples of field work studies, we discuss that the knowledge of individual aspects (including genetic variation) and natural history are basic tools and fundamental to a real and whole comprehension of species interaction networks in qualitative and quantitative terms.

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Published

2013-04-30

How to Cite

DEL-CLARO, K., STEFANI, V., LANGE, D., VILELA, A.A., NAHAS, L., VELASQUES, M. and TOREZAN-SILINGARDI, H.M., 2013. The importance of natural history studies for a better comprehension of animal-plant interaction networks . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 439–448. [Accessed4 December 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v29n2a2013-17892. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/17892.

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Biological Sciences