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Donoso D.A.,University of Oklahoma | Donoso D.A.,Technical University of Loja
Ecography | Year: 2014

Community ecology seeks to unravel the mechanisms that allow species to coexist in space. Some of the contending mechanisms may generate tractable signatures in the amount of trait and phylogenetic dispersion among co-existing species. When a community presents a pattern with reduced trait or phylogenetic dispersion, mechanisms based on ecological filters are brought into consideration. On the other hand, limiting similarity mechanisms such as competitive exclusion are proposed when communities present patterns of trait or phylogenetic even-dispersion. The strength of these mechanisms likely varies with the spatial scale of an observed sample. I surveyed species-rich tropical litter ant communities in a spatially nested design that allowed me to explore the spatial scales, fine (0.25 m2), intermediate (9 m2), and broad (361 m2) at which these mechanisms act. I then assessed the relationship between observed ant communities and potential species pools ranging in size, from plot, site, and island-wide areas. Patterns of phylogenetic dispersion within ant communities suggested that ant communities were composed of species that were more closely related than expected by a random sampling of phylogenetic pools. The magnitude of phylogenetic 'clustering' increased with the size of the species pool but was similar among communities assembled from different spatial scales. Patterns of dispersion of one ecological trait (i.e. body size) within ant communities also showed clustering of body sizes, and most communities were composed of ant species that were smaller than expected by a random sampling of trait pools. Trait clustering increased with the size of the species pool but decreased at broad spatial scales. Together, these results suggest that ecological filters, not interspecific interactions, are structuring tropical ant communities, favoring clades with small worker sizes. The larger dependency on the size of regional pools than on the spatial scale suggests that environmental heterogeneity is greater among than within the study sites. © 2013 The Author.

Haug I.,University of Tubingen | Setaro S.,Wake forest University | Suarez J.P.,Technical University of Loja
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Arbuscular mycorrhizae are important for growth and survival of tropical trees. We studied the community of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a tropical mountain rain forest and in neighbouring reforestation plots in the area of Reserva Biológica San Francisco (South Ecuador). The arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi were analysed with molecular methods sequencing part of the 18 S rDNA. The sequences were classified as Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs). We found high fungal species richness with OTUs belonging to Glomerales, Diversisporales and Archaeosporales. Despite intensive sampling, the rarefaction curves are still unsaturated for the pristine forest and the reforestation plots. The communities consisted of few frequent and many rare species. No specific interactions are recognizable. The plant individuals are associated with one to ten arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and mostly with one to four. The fungal compositions associated with single plant individuals show a great variability and variety within one plant species. Planted and naturally occurring plants show high similarities in their fungal communities. Pristine forest and reforestation plots showed similar richness, similar diversity and a significantly nested structure of plant-AMF community. The results indicate that small-scale fragmentation presently found in this area has not destroyed the natural AMF community, at least yet. Thus, the regeneration potential of natural forest vegetation at the tested sites is not inhibited by a lack of appropriate mycobionts. © 2013 Haug et al.

Onate-Valdivieso F.,Technical University of Loja | Bosque Sendra J.,University of Alcala
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2010

This research studies the change in land use in a binational hydrographic basin in South America. In addition, a future perspective for land use is generated according to the trends in the development observed. A multi-temporal analysis of land use change is carried out and variables that can explain the observed transitions will be selected. The relations between changes and explicative variables are studied in order to stochastically model future land use maps. Persistence was found to be the predominant state. Higher transitions were observed in the zones of boundaries between categories. Biophysical variables had the most explicative power with a better performance of the model based on logistic regression than the one made by using neural networks. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Castro C.,Technical University of Loja
International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics | Year: 2016

It is described how the Extended Relativity Theory in C-spaces (Clifford spaces) allows a unified formulation of point particles, strings, membranes and p-branes, moving in ordinary target spacetime backgrounds, within the description of a single polyparticle moving in C-spaces. The degrees of freedom of the latter are provided by Clifford polyvector-valued coordinates (antisymmetric tensorial coordinates). A correspondence between the p-brane (p-loop) "Schrödinger-like" equations of Ansoldi-Aurilia-Spallucci and the polyparticle wave equation in C-spaces is found via the polyparticle/p-brane correspondence. This correspondence might provide another unexplored avenue to quantize p-branes (a notoriously difficult and unsolved problem) from the more straightforward quantization of the polyparticle in C-spaces, even in the presence of external interactions. We conclude with comments about the compositeness nature of the polyvector-valued coordinate operators in terms of ordinary p-brane coordinates via the evaluation of n-ary commutators. © 2016 World Scientific Publishing Company.

Quispe L.E.,Technical University of Loja | Galan L.M.,Polytechnic University of Mozambique
Expert Systems with Applications | Year: 2014

A mobile Ad Hoc network (MANET) is a collection of wireless mobile nodes that can dynamically configure a network without a fixed infrastructure or central administration. This makes it ideal for emergency and rescue scenarios, where sharing information is essential and should occur as soon as possible. This article discusses which of the routing strategies for mobile MANETs: proactive, reactive or hierarchical, has a better performance in such scenarios. By selecting a real urban area for the emergency and rescue scenario, we calculated the density of nodes and the mobility model needed for the validation study of AODV, DSDV and CBRP in the routing model. The NS2 simulator has been used for our study. We also show that the hierarchical routing strategies are better suited for this type of scenarios. © 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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