Several approaches to the modelling of diffuse coevolution in plant-herbivore systems are introduced, with a focus on the interaction of plant defensive chemicals with herbivore detoxification ability. The attempt is made to address issues at the level of the community by following the means and variances of chemical profiles rather than applying reductionistic methods. Preliminary results from both discrete time and ordinary differential equation models indicate that complex cycling and patterns of coexistence are possible, and a sketch is given of work in progress on models that take into account the structure of chemical space.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics