Competition among species

  • Mimmo Iannelli
  • Andrea Pugliese
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The intraspecific competition mechanism we have introduced in  Sect. 1.5 is only one of the aspects of the competitive dynamics within the ecosystem. Actually, the same mechanisms that are responsible for the logistic effect are also active in the competition among different species (interspecific competition) and, together with predation, competition is another fundamental ecological interaction. The first of the models we will discuss in this chapter is due to Volterra who presented it in the famous paper [22], in 1926, and provided the mathematical basis for the exclusion principle that reads:


Periodic Solution Interspecific Competition Static Resource Competition Model Exclusion Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mimmo Iannelli
    • 1
  • Andrea Pugliese
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TrentoItaly

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