Biodiversity enhances ecosystem reliability

@article{Naeem1997BiodiversityEE,
  title={Biodiversity enhances ecosystem reliability},
  author={Shahid Naeem and Shibin Li},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={390},
  pages={507-509}
}
Biodiversity may represent a form of biological insurance against the loss or poor performance of selected species. If this is the case, then communities with larger numbers of species should be more predictable with respect to properties such as local biomass. That is, larger numbers of species should enhance ecosystem reliability, where reliability refers to the probability that a system will provide a consistent level of performance over a given unit of time. The validity of this hypothesis… 
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