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Simulation of the coevolution of insects and flowers

: Bisler, A.

Capcarrere, M.S.:
Advances in Artificial Life. Workshop proceedings. CD-ROM
Canterbury: University of Kent, 2005
10 S.
European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) <8, 2005, Canterbury>
Systems Biology Workshop <2005, Canterbury>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Artificial Life; multi-agent system; evolutionary algorithms; behavior modeling

Flowers need insects for their pollination and insects rely on the nectar and the pollen as a food resource. But instead of visiting all flowers, the insects limit their visits to a small number. This paper presents a simulation of the behavior of the insects which results in a specialized perception of blossom colors and fragrances by the insects. A coevolution can be observed only based on simple interactions modified over generations by a genetic algorithm. The results show a mutual benefit expressed in more rewards for the insects and more efficient pollination of the flowers.