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Niche Relations within Ecosystems

Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold

in Ecological Niches

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226101798
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226101811.003.0009
Niche Relations within Ecosystems

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Ecosystem functioning involves more than just species interactions. There is a huge array of biogeochemical processes and of landscape-level exchanges that are not easily addressed using a niche-based approach. This chapter shows how the processes of species sorting at the community level can profoundly influence patterns of ecosystem functioning. It discusses the short-term effects of biodiversity on ecosystem function and the longer-term effects of biodiversity on ecosystem stability in the face of perturbations, exploring how the process of species sorting might influence the results of ecosystem perturbations in the short and long terms.

Keywords: niche concept; reciprocal effects; community; biodiversity; ecosystem function; ecosystem stability; species sorting

Chapter.  6266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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