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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

Editors: Schulze, Ernst-Detlef, Mooney, Harold A. (Eds.)

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The biota of the earth is being altered at an unprecedented rate. We are witnessing wholesale exchanges of organisms among geographic areas that were once totally biologically isolated. We are seeing massive changes in landscape use that are creating even more abundant succes­ sional patches, reductions in population sizes, and in the worst cases, losses of species. There are many reasons for concern about these trends. One is that we unfortunately do not know in detail the conse­ quences of these massive alterations in terms of how the biosphere as a whole operates or even, for that matter, the functioning of localized ecosystems. We do know that the biosphere interacts strongly with the atmospheric composition, contributing to potential climate change. We also know that changes in vegetative cover greatly influence the hydrology and biochemistry ofa site or region. Our knowledge is weak in important details, however. How are the many services that ecosystems provide to humanity altered by modifications of ecosystem composition? Stated in another way, what is the role of individual species in ecosystem function? We are observing the selective as well as wholesale alteration in the composition of ecosystems. Do these alterations matter in respect to how ecosystems operate and provide services? This book represents the initial probing of this central ques­ tion. It will be followed by other volumes in this series examining in depth the functional role of biodiversity in various ecosystems of the world.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Biological Diversity and Terrestrial Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

    Vitousek, P. M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Agricultural Systems

    Swift, M. J. (et al.)

    Pages 15-41

  • Biodiversity and Interactions Within Pelagic Nutrient Cycling and Productivity

    Steinberg, C. E. W. (et al.)

    Pages 43-64

  • Functional Groups of Microorganisms

    Meyer, O.

    Pages 67-96

  • Plant Traits and Adaptive Strategies: Their Role in Ecosystem Function

    Solbrig, O. T.

    Pages 97-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Editors
  • Ernst-Detlef Schulze
  • Harold A. Mooney
Series Title
Springer Study Edition
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-58001-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-58001-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-58103-1
Series ISSN
0172-6234
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 525
Additional Information
Originally published as volume 99 in the series: Ecological Studies
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