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Food webs: reconciling the structure and function of biodiversity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22959162     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The global biodiversity crisis concerns not only unprecedented loss of species within communities, but also related consequences for ecosystem function. Community ecology focuses on patterns of species richness and community composition, whereas ecosystem ecology focuses on fluxes of energy and materials. Food webs provide a quantitative framework to combine these approaches and unify the study of biodiversity and ecosystem function. We summarise the progression of food-web ecology and the challenges in using the food-web approach. We identify five areas of research where these advances can continue, and be applied to global challenges. Finally, we describe what data are needed in the next generation of food-web studies to reconcile the structure and function of biodiversity.
Authors:
Ross M Thompson; Ulrich Brose; Jennifer A Dunne; Robert O Hall; Sally Hladyz; Roger L Kitching; Neo D Martinez; Heidi Rantala; Tamara N Romanuk; Daniel B Stouffer; Jason M Tylianakis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2012-09-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in ecology & evolution     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1872-8383     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  2013-04-29     Revised Date:  2014-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805125     Medline TA:  Trends Ecol Evol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  689-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Biodiversity*
Food Chain*
Models, Biological
Plants

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