The structure of ecosystems

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Input-output theory is developed for an ecosystem in terms of production and respiration energy flows. The theory reveals a "structure" of the system by demonstrating the direct and indirect energy flow dependence of each member of the system upon the others. A method for tracing the direct and indirect element flows through the ecosystem is proposed. The structure is determined for two examples and a perturbation technique for the energy flow is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-546
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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