Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Synthesis and Perspectives

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EditorMichel Loreau, Shahid Naeem, Pablo Inchausti

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The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in contemporary ecology. Increasing domination of ecosystems by humans is steadily transforming them into depauperate systems. How will this loss of biodiversity affect thefunctioning and stability of natural and managed ecosystems? This volume provides the first comprehensive and balanced coverage of recent empirical and theoretical research on this question. It reviews the evidence, provides bases for the resolution of the debate that has divided scientists on theseissues, and offers perspectives on how current knowledge can be extended to other ecosystems, other organisms and other spatial and temporal scales. It cuts across the traditional division between community ecology and ecosystem ecology, and announces a new ecological synthesis in which the dynamicsof biological diversity and the biogeochemical functioning of the earth system are merged.

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The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in contemporary ecology. Increasing domination of ecosystems by humans is steadily transforming them into depauperate systems. How will this loss of biodiversity affect thefunctioning and stability of natural and ma...

Michel Loreau Professor at Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris Belgian, born Uccle, Belgium 22/04/54 Shahid Naeem Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle USA, born San Francisco, California, USA, 16/10/52 Pablo Inchausti Researcher at Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris Italian, born ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A. Introduction1. Naeem, Loreau, Inchausti: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: the emergence of a synthetic framework2. Mooney: The debate on biodiversity and ecosystem functioningB. Core areas of debate: biodiversity and ecosystem processes in grassland ecosystems3. Tilman et al: Plant diversity and composition: effects on productivity and nutrient dynamics of experimental grasslands4. Hector, Loreau and Schmid: Biodiversity manipulation experiments: studies replicated at multiple sites5. Huston and McBride: Evaluating the relative strengths of biotic versus abiotic controls of ecosystem processes6. Schmid et al: The design and analysis of biodiversity experimentsC. New perspectives on ecosystem stability7. Loreau et al: A new look at the relationship between stability and diversity8. Hughes et al: Do species interactions buffer environmental variation (in theory)?9. de Ruiter et al: Biodiversity and stability in soil ecosystems: patterns, processes and the effects of disturbance10. Levine, Kennedy and Naeem: Neighbourhood-scale effects of species diversity on biological invasions and their relation to community patternsD. Extending the scope to other systems11. Petchey et al: Contributions of aquatic model systems to our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning12. Emmerson and Huxham: How can marine ecology contribute to the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning debate?13. Rafaelli et al: Multitrophic dynamics and ecosystem processes14. Wardle and van der Putten: Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and the aboveground-belowground linkages15. Mikola, Bardgett and Hedlund: Biodiversity and ecosystem function in soil decomposer food webs16. van der Heijden and Cornelissen: The critical role of plant-microbe interactions on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: arbuscular mycorrhizal associations as an exampleE. Extending the scope to other dimensions17. Hooper et al: Species diversity, functional diversity and ecosystem functioning18. Bengtsson et al: Slippin' and slidin' between the scales: the scaling components of the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relations19. Vendermeer et al: Effect of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning in managed ecosystemsF. Synthesis20. Loreau, Naeem and Inchausti: Perspectives and challenges

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`The outline is excellent. This is going to be the hottest book in ecology over the next 5 to 10 years.'Professor Michael Hochberg, Universite de Montpellier 2, France