Contribution of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning: a non-equilibrium thermodynamic perspective

@inproceedings{Chakraborty2011ContributionOB,
  title={Contribution of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning: a non-equilibrium thermodynamic perspective},
  author={Amit Chakraborty and B. Larry Li},
  year={2011}
}
Ecosystem stays far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Through the interactions among biotic and abiotic components,and encompassing physical environments,ecosystem forms a dissipative structure that allows it to dissipate energy continuously and thereby remains functional over time. Biotic regulation of energy and material fluxes in and out of the ecosystem allows it to maintain a homeostatic state which corresponds to a self-organized state emerged in a non-equilibrium thermodynamic system… CONTINUE READING

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