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The Evolution of Mutualisms: Exploring the Paths Between Conflict and Cooperation

The Evolution of Mutualisms: Exploring the Paths Between Conflict and Cooperation

EA Herre et al. Trends Ecol Evol.

Abstract

Mutualisms are of fundamental importance in all ecosystems but their very existence poses a series of challenging evolutionary questions. Recently, the application of molecular analyses combined with theoretical advances have transformed our understanding of many specific systems, thereby contributing to the possibility of a more general understanding of the factors that influence mutualisms.

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