Quantifying the evidence for biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning and services.

@article{Balvanera2006QuantifyingTE,
  title={Quantifying the evidence for biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning and services.},
  author={Patricia Balvanera and Andrea B. Pfisterer and Nina Buchmann and Jing-Shen He and Tohru Nakashizuka and David 5 Raffaelli and Bernhard Schmid},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={9 10},
  pages={1146-56}
}
Concern is growing about the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning, for the provision of ecosystem services, and for human well being. Experimental evidence for a relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem process rates is compelling, but the issue remains contentious. Here, we present the first rigorous quantitative assessment of this relationship through meta-analysis of experimental work spanning 50 years to June 2004. We analysed 446 measures of biodiversity… CONTINUE READING
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