Biodiversity regulates ecosystem predictability

@article{McGradySteed1997BiodiversityRE,
  title={Biodiversity regulates ecosystem predictability},
  author={Jill McGrady-Steed and Patricia M. Harris and Peter J. Morin},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={390},
  pages={162-165}
}
Links between biodiversity and ecosystem function provide compelling reasons for conserving maximal numbers of species in ecosystems. Here we describe a previously unrecognized effect of biodiversity on ecosystem predictability, where predictability is inversely related to temporal and spatial variation in ecosystem properties. By manipulating biodiversity in aquatic microbial communities, we show that one process, ecosystem respiration, becomes more predictable as biodiversity increases… 
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