Evolutionary and ecological trees and networks

E. Hernandez-Garcia, E.A. Alejandro Herrada, A.F. Rozenfeld, C.J. Tessone, V.M. Eguiluz, Carlos Duarte, S. Arnaud-Haond, E. Serrao

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Evolutionary relationships between species are usually represented in phylogenies, i.e. evolutionary trees, which are a type of networks. The terminal nodes of these trees represent species, which are made of individuals and populations among which gene flow occurs. This flow can also be represented as a network. In this paper we briefly show some properties of these complex networks of evolutionary and ecological relationships. First, we characterize large scale evolutionary relationships in the Tree of Life by a degree distribution. Second, we represent genetic relationships between individuals of a Mediterranean marine plant, Posidonia oceanica, in terms of a Minimum Spanning Tree. Finally, relationships among plant shoots inside populations are represented as networks of genetic similarity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Journal15th Conference on Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Nonlinear Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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