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Sardine cycles, krill declines, and locust plagues: revisiting 'wasp-waist' food webs.
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PMID:  24755099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
'Wasp-waist' systems are dominated by a mid trophic-level species that is thought to exert top-down control on its food and bottom-up control on its predators. Sardines, anchovy, and Antarctic krill are suggested examples, and here we use locusts to explore whether the wasp-waist concept also applies on land. These examples also display the traits of mobile aggregations and dietary diversity, which help to reduce the foraging footprint from their large, localised biomasses. This suggests that top-down control on their food operates at local aggregation scales and not at wider scales suggested by the original definition of wasp-waist. With this modification, the wasp-waist framework can cross-fertilise marine and terrestrial approaches, revealing how seemingly disparate but economically important systems operate.
Angus Atkinson; Simeon L Hill; Manuel Barange; Evgeny A Pakhomov; David Raubenheimer; Katrin Schmidt; Stephen J Simpson; Christian Reiss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-4-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in ecology & evolution     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0169-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805125     Medline TA:  Trends Ecol Evol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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