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Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: current knowledge and future challenges

Loreau, M., Naeem, S., Inchausti, P., Bengtsson, J., Grime, J.P., Hector, A., Hooper, D.U., Huston, M.A., Raffaelli, D., Schmid, B., Tilman, D. and Wardle, D.A. (2001) Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: current knowledge and future challenges. Science, 294 (5543). pp. 804-808. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

The ecological consequences of biodiversity loss have aroused considerable interest and controversy during the past decade. Major advances have been made in describing the relationship between species diversity and ecosystem processes, in identifying functionally important species, and in revealing underlying mechanisms. There is, however, uncertainty as to how results obtained in recent experiments scale up to landscape and regional levels and generalize across ecosystem types and processes. Larger numbers of species are probably needed to reduce temporal variability in ecosystem processes in changing environments. A major future challenge is to determine how biodiversity dynamics, ecosystem processes, and abiotic factors interact.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Environment (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2009 10:46
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2009 10:46
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1064088
Status: Published
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1126/science.1064088
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7456

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