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However, we have a powerful tool to face this daunting prospect: critical thinking. The aim of this chapter is to provide enough elements to make profitable its exercise. The framework developed here is process-oriented, focuses on plausible mechanisms, and provides the building blocks for constructing biologically sound multispecies functional responses. The concept is simple, instead of picking a functional response from the shelf, build your own. Let the biology of what you are trying to model guide you, and start simple.
K. Under this assumption, Eq. 58) collapses to ! P @gi pi mi 1 þ pk gk mk (hk À hi ) @G @Ni K ¼ (1:59) 2 @Ni P 1 þ hk p k gk m k K Given that all known factors in the numerator (hi , pi , gi , and mi ) are positive, and @gi =@Ni is always positive (the only exception is the Type 4 functional response), the only way of getting @G=@Ni < 0 in Eq. 59) is through the factor 28 Mariano Koen-Alonso (hk À hi ). Therefore, a FAP effect will occur only if the handling time for prey i is large enough to make negative the factor in brackets in the numerator.
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