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Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems$
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Peter Petraitis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.001.0001

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Detection of multiple stable states

Detection of multiple stable states

(p.33) 3 Detection of multiple stable states
Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Peter Petraitis

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the test used to detect multiple basins of attraction that demonstrates hysteresis. It explains Peterson's criteria used for the two experimental approaches that assess multiple stable states. Peterson says that the experiment must be done in a single environment that is shown to have the potential to be occupied by two or more distinct communities, and that is self-replicating. The chapter also validates the use of mutual invisibility and priority effects as tests for multiple basins of attraction.

Keywords:   multiple basin of attraction, hysteresis, Peterson's criteria, mutual invisibility, priority effects

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