Consequences of niche overlap for ecosystem functioning: an experimental test with pond grazers.

@article{Wojdak2007ConsequencesON,
  title={Consequences of niche overlap for ecosystem functioning: an experimental test with pond grazers.},
  author={Jeremy M. Wojdak and Gary G. Mittelbach},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={88 8},
  pages={
          2072-83
        }
}
While the number of studies investigating the effects of species diversity on ecosystem properties continues to expand, few have explicitly examined how ecosystem functioning depends quantitatively on the degree of niche complementarity among species. We report the results of a microcosm experiment where similarity in habitat use among aquatic snail species was evaluated as a predictor of changes in community and ecosystem properties due to increasing species richness. Replicate microcosms with… CONTINUE READING

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