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The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in an Interlinked World by Robert E. Gunther, Yoram Wind, Paul R. Kleindorfer

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6. Biological Networks: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and the Galapagos Islands

Sonia KleindorferJames G. Mitchell

Abstract

This chapter reviews and illustrates the scope and nature of network phenomena in biology. Biology remains the most extensive and complex information network on the planet. In this chapter, Kleindorfer and Mitchell examine the nature of biological networks, including their inherent stability and risks to their resilience. After a general introduction exploring networks and biological systems, this chapter reviews (1) the evolution of biological networks; (2) principles that govern biological networks; and (3) measures of stability, productivity, and efficiency in biological networks. The authors use examples from food (energy) ...

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