The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity

The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity

Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions

eBook - 2001
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Does biodiversity influence how ecosystems function? Might diversity loss affect the ability of ecosystems to deliver services of benefit to humankind? Ecosystems provide food, fuel, fiber, and drinkable water, regulate local and regional climate, and recycle needed nutrients, among other things. An ecosyste's ability to sustain functioning may depend on the number of species residing in the ecosystem--its biological diversity--but this has been a controversial hypothesis. There are many unanswered questions about how and why changes in biodiversity could alter ecosystem functioning. This v.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9781400847303
1400847303
9780691088228
0691088225
0691088217
9780691088211
0691088225
9780691088228
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 365 pages) : illustrations

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