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The metapopulation fitness criterion: proof and perspectives.
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PMID:  19278664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Metapopulation theory has recently been stirred by the development of a metapopulation persistence criterion (R(m)) quantifying the "lifetime dispersal success" of a newly colonized deme in a sparsely occupied metapopulation. No rigorous proof of this criterion in continuous time has been available so far. Here, we show that this criterion can be mathematically justified from standard Jacobian arguments. A summary of the key elements of this proof emphasizes the assumptions under which this criterion is valid. Examples illustrate how to generally compute metapopulation fitness in continuous time models. The underlying assumptions behind the criterion are discussed, as well as theoretical puzzles surrounding the concept of metapopulation fitness.
François Massol; Vincent Calcagno; Julien Massol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-03-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Theoretical population biology     Volume:  75     ISSN:  1096-0325     ISO Abbreviation:  Theor Popul Biol     Publication Date:    2009 Mar-May
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-21     Completed Date:  2009-06-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0256422     Medline TA:  Theor Popul Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-200     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE, CNRS) - UMR 5175, 1919, route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier cedex 5, France.
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MeSH Terms
Models, Animal
Models, Theoretical*
Population Dynamics*

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