Biodiversity and Complexity of Rice Farm Ecosystems: An Empirical Assessment

  title={Biodiversity and Complexity of Rice Farm Ecosystems: An Empirical Assessment},
  author={Debal Deb},
  journal={The Open Ecology Journal},
  • Debal Deb
  • Published 15 December 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • The Open Ecology Journal
Modern rice farms are characterized by the use of synthetic agrochemicals, which eliminate a large segment of biodiversity on-farm. In contrast, organic rice farms tend to preserve much of natural biodiversity. While biodiversity- productivity relationship in organic vs. chemicalised rice farms is contested, the relationship of on-farm biodiversity with food web structural properties and ecosystem services remains to be explored. To understand the functional significance of species richness and… 

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