Darwin and the First Ecological Experiment

  title={Darwin and the First Ecological Experiment},
  author={Andy Hector and Rowan E. Hooper},
  pages={639 - 640}
Could the very first ecological experiment have taken place in an English country garden? Apparently so, according to the Perspective by Hector and Hooper. These authors describe an elegant series of ecology experiments carried out during the early 19th century by George Sinclair, head gardener to the Duke of Bedford, in the gardens of Woburn Abbey. 
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The Sabah Biodiversity Experiment: a long-term test of the role of tree diversity in restoring tropical forest structure and functioning
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Relationships between biodiversity and production in grasslands at local and regional scales.
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Darwin's botanical arithmetic and the “principle of divergence,” 1854–1858
  • J. Browne
  • Education
    Journal of the history of biology
  • 1980
It is proposed that Darwin's botanical arithmetic provided a great deal of the content of that principle and provided the information that disclosed problems which could only be solved by the intervention of an extra "force" in evolutionary theory.
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