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Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning : synthesis and perspectives / ed. Michel Loreau, Shahid Naeem, Pablo Inchausti

Secondary Author Loreau, Michel
Naeem, Shahid
Inchausti, Pablo
Country Estados Unidos. Edition 1st ed Publication New York : Oxford University Press, cop. 2002 Description XII, 294 p. : il. ; 25 cm Series Oxford.. Biology ISBN 0-19-851571-5 CDU 574
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Contributors
  • Part I Introduction
  • 1 Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: the emergence of a synthetic ecological framework
  • 2 The debate on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Part II Core areas of debate: biodiversity and ecosystem processes in grassland ecosystems
  • 3 Plant diversity and composition: effects on productivity and nutrient dynamics of experimental grasslands
  • 4 Biodiversity manipulation experiments: studies replicated at multiple sites
  • 5 Evaluating the relative strengths of biotic versus abiotic controls on ecosystem processes
  • 6 The design and analysis of biodiversity experiments
  • Part III New perspectives on ecosystem stability
  • 7 A new look at the relationship between diversity and stability
  • 8 Do species interactions buffer environmental variation (in theory)?
  • 9 Biodiversity and stability in soil ecosystems: patterns, processes and the effects of disturbance
  • 10 Neighbourhood scale effects of species diversity on biological invasions and their relation to community patterns
  • Part IV Extending the scope to other systems
  • 11 Contributions of aquatic model systems to our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • 12 How can marine ecology contribute to the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning debate?
  • 13 Multi-trophic dynamics and ecosystem processes
  • 14 Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the above-ground--below-ground linkages
  • 15 Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and soil decomposer food webs
  • 16 The critical role of plant-microbe interactions on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: arbuscular mycorrhizal associations as an example
  • Part V Extending the scope to other dimensions
  • 17 Species diversity, functional diversity, and ecosystem functioning
  • 18 Slippin' and slidin' between the scales: the scaling components of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relations
  • 19 Effect of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning in managed ecosystems
  • Part VI Synthesis
  • 20 Perspectives and challenges
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Michel LoreauProfessor at Pierre et Marie Curie University, ParisBelgian, born Uccle, Belgium 22/04/54 Shahid NaeemAssociate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Washington, SeattleUSA, born San Francisco, California, USA, 16/10/52 Pablo InchaustiResearcher at Pierre et Marie Curie University, ParisItalian, born Montivideo, Uraguay 21/03/64

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