OLM 9.9. Application of the energy pathway method to modules of complex food webs
Populations are embedded in complex ecosystems with a large number of various interactions between and within species. In order to determine their fates in the face of changing environmental conditions – such as climate change – it is crucial to find ways for simplification, i.e. to identify the core interactions that are shaping the community. Keeping this in mind, we present two examples here illustrating that the approach focusing on the energy pathways from resources to top consumers (p. 197) can be applied to understand the behaviour of some isolated parts of complicated food webs in artificial or natural ecosystems.