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Charles Darwin and the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning


Hector, A (2009). Charles Darwin and the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich, 154(3/4):69-73.

Abstract

The link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is a relatively new research area motivated by forecasts of ongoing biodiversity loss. However, the intellectual link between biodiversity and ecosystem processes was first inferred by Darwin based on his "Principle of Divergence". In the notes for his "Big Species Book" Darwin explicitly states that communities composed of organisms developed under "many and widely differing forms" should have higher rates of productivity and decomposition. Darwin also cites supporting evidence in the form of the Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis: a grass garden at Woburn Abbey in the South of England that arguably contains the earliest known ecological experiments.

Abstract

The link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is a relatively new research area motivated by forecasts of ongoing biodiversity loss. However, the intellectual link between biodiversity and ecosystem processes was first inferred by Darwin based on his "Principle of Divergence". In the notes for his "Big Species Book" Darwin explicitly states that communities composed of organisms developed under "many and widely differing forms" should have higher rates of productivity and decomposition. Darwin also cites supporting evidence in the form of the Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis: a grass garden at Woburn Abbey in the South of England that arguably contains the earliest known ecological experiments.

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Other titles:Charles Darwin und die Bedeutung der Artenvielfalt für ökosystem-Funktionen
Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Uncontrolled Keywords:principle of divergence, ecology, ecosystem processes, George Sinclair, Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:30 Jan 2010 09:45
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:49
Publisher:Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich
ISSN:0042-5672
Official URL:http://www.ngzh.ch/Viertel.html

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