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EFFECTS OF BIODIVERSITY ON ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING: A CONSENSUS OF CURRENT KNOWLEDGE
Understanding this complexity, while taking strong steps to minimize current losses of species, is necessary for responsible management of Earth's ecosystems and the diverse biota they contain.
Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity
It is argued that human actions are dismantling the Earth’s ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate, and the question of how such loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper is asked.
Ecological Linkages Between Aboveground and Belowground Biota
- D. Wardle, R. Bardgett, J. Klironomos, H. Setälä, W. H. van der Putten, D. Wall
- Environmental ScienceScience
- 11 June 2004
This work shows how aboveground and belowground components are closely interlinked at the community level, reinforced by a greater degree of specificity between plants and soil organisms than has been previously supposed.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Current Knowledge and Future Challenges
Larger numbers of species are probably needed to reduce temporal variability in ecosystem processes in changing environments and to determine how biodiversity dynamics, ecosystem processes, and abiotic factors interact.
Communities and Ecosystems: Linking the Aboveground and Belowground Components
- D. Wardle
- Environmental Science
- 12 May 2002
Cold Seep Wikipedia A Cold Seep (sometimes Called A Cold Vent) Is An Area Of The Ocean Floor Where Hydrogen Sulfide, Methane And Other Hydrocarbon-rich Fluid Seepage Occurs, Often In The Form Of A…
Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth
This empirical work supports long-standing theory about the role of top-down forcing in ecosystems but also highlights the unanticipated impacts of trophic cascades on processes as diverse as the dynamics of disease, wildfire, carbon sequestration, invasive species, and biogeochemical cycles.
Global change and species interactions in terrestrial ecosystems.
- J. Tylianakis, R. Didham, J. Bascompte, D. Wardle
- Environmental ScienceEcology letters
- 1 December 2008
It is concluded that in order to reliably predict the effects of GEC on community and ecosystem processes, the greatest single challenge will be to determine how biotic and abiotic context alters the direction and magnitude of G EC effects on biotic interactions.
Impacts of biological invasions: what's what and the way forward.
Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide.
The magnitude of species-driven differences is much larger than previously thought and greater than climate-driven variation, and the decomposability of a species' litter is consistently correlated with that species' ecological strategy within different ecosystems globally, representing a new connection between whole plant carbon strategy and biogeochemical cycling.
Herbivore-mediated linkages between aboveground and belowground communities
This paper identifies several mechanisms by which herbivores can indirectly affect decomposer organisms and soil processes through altering the quantity and quality of resources entering the soil and proposes that a variety of possible mechanisms is responsible for the idiosyncratic nature of herbivore effects on soil biota and ecosystem function.