Biodiversity loss and ecosystem functioning: Distinguishing between number and identity of species

Nessa O'Connor, T.P. Crowe

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Abstract

Given currently high rates of extinction, it is critical to be able to predict how ecosystems will respond to loss of species and consequent changes in community structure. Much previous research in this area has been based on terrestrial systems, using synthetically assembled communities. There has beer! much less research on inter-trophic effects in different systems, using in situ removal experiments. Problems with the design of early experiments have made it difficult to determine whether reductions in ecosystem functioning in low diversity treatments were due to the number of species present or merely to the reduced likelihood of including particular (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783-1796
Number of pages14
JournalEcology
Volume86
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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