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EFFECTS OF BIODIVERSITY ON ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING: A CONSENSUS OF CURRENT KNOWLEDGE
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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. Expand
The metacommunity concept: a framework for multi-scale community ecology
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This framework is used to discuss why the metacommunity concept is useful in modifying existing ecological thinking and illustrate this with a number of both theoretical and empirical examples. Expand
Partitioning selection and complementarity in biodiversity experiments
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The selection effect is zero on average and varies from negative to positive in different localities, depending on whether species with lower- or higher-than-average biomass dominate communities, while the complementarity effect is positive overall, supporting the hypothesis that plant diversity influences primary production in European grasslands through niche differentiation or facilitation. Expand
Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity
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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. Expand
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Current Knowledge and Future Challenges
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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. Expand
Impacts of plant diversity on biomass production increase through time because of species complementarity
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It is shown that although productive species do indeed contribute to diversity effects, these contributions are equaled or exceeded by species complementarity, where biomass is augmented by biological processes that involve multiple species. Expand
Biodiversity and ecosystem productivity in a fluctuating environment: the insurance hypothesis.
  • S. Yachi, M. Loreau
  • Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 16 February 1999
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A general stochastic dynamic model is developed to assess the effects of species richness on the expected temporal mean and variance of ecosystem processes such as productivity, based on individual species' productivity responses to environmental fluctuations, and provides a strong theoretical foundation for the insurance hypothesis. Expand
Community Patterns in Source‐Sink Metacommunities
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The results provide a niche‐based alternative to the recent neutral‐metacommunity model and have important implications for conservation biology and landscape management. Expand
The functional role of biodiversity in ecosystems: incorporating trophic complexity.
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Understanding how biodiversity affects functioning of complex ecosystems will benefit from integrating theory and experiments with simulations and network-based approaches, and a richer variety of diversity-functioning relationships than the monotonic changes predicted for single trophic levels are predicted. Expand
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