The surprising importance of the temperature preferences of daisies

Popular press article referring to how the parable of daisyworld would not work if the combination of the physiological optimum of a species, and the impact of that species on the environment, leads to a destabilizing positive feedback. (e.g. in the parable of daisyworld, “white daisies” cool the planet but self-limit because their optimum temperature for growth is the same as the “black daisies” that warm the planet). The point being that there is no logical reason to expect biological evolution to produce this combination of properties.

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