Biodiversity-Ecosystem Function Research: Is It Relevant to Conservation?

Srivastava, D.S. and M. Vellend

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In general, the conservation case is stronger for stability measures of function than stock and flux measures, in part because it is easier to attribute value unambiguously to stability and in part because stock and flux measures of functions are anticipated to be more affected by multitrophic dynamics. Nor is biodiversity-ecosystem function theory likely to help conservation managers in practical decisions, except in the particular case of restoration. We give recommendations for increasing the relevance of this area of research for conservation.

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Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics