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Biodiversity in Ecosystems

Linking Structure and Function

Edited by Juan Blanco

Universidad Publica De Navarra, Spain


Shovonlal Roy

University of Reading, United Kingdom

The term biodiversity has become a mainstream concept that can be found in any newspaper at any given time. Concerns on biodiversity protection are usually linked to species protection and extinction risks for iconic species, such as whales, pandas and so on. However, conserving biodiversity has much deeper implications than preserving a few (although important) species. Biodiversity in ecosystems is tightly linked to ecosystem functions such as biomass production, organic matter decomposition, ecosystem resilience, and others. Many of these ecological processes are also directly implied in services that the humankind obtains from ecosystems. The first part of this book will introduce different concepts and theories important to understand the links between ecosystem function and ecosystem biodiversity. The second part of the book provides a wide range of different studies showcasing the evidence and practical implications of such relationships.

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Biodiversity in EcosystemsLinking Structure and FunctionEdited by Juan Blanco

Published: April 17th 2015

DOI: 10.5772/58494

ISBN: 978-953-51-2028-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4226-3

Copyright year: 2015

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48000 Total Chapter Downloads

49 Crossref Citations

113 Web of Science Citations

132 Dimensions Citations


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1. Importance of Allelopathy as Peudo-Mixotrophy for the Dynamics and Diversity of Phytoplankton

By Roy Shovonlal


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2. Functional Redundancy and Ecosystem Function — The Soil Microbiota as a Case Study

By Stephanie D. Jurburg and Joana Falcão Salles


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3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Tropical Habitats — Case Studies and Future Perspectives in Atlantic Rainforest and Cerrado Landscapes

By Tathiana G. Sobrinho, Lucas N. Paolucci, Dalana C. Muscardi, Ana C. Maradini, Elisangela A. Silva, Ricardo R. C. Solar and José H. Schoereder


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4. Climate Change, Range Shifts and Multitrophic Interactions

By Jeffrey A. Harvey and Miriama Malcicka


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5. Responding to Change — Criteria and Indicators for Managing the Transformation of Vegetated Landscapes to Maintain or Restore Ecosystem Diversity

By Graham A. Yapp and Richard Thackway


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6. Maintaining Ecosystem Function by Restoring Forest Biodiversity – Reviewing Decision-Support Tools that link Biology, Hydrology and Geochemistry

By Yueh-Hsin Lo, Juan A. Blanco, Clive Welham and Mike Wang


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7. Microbial Assembly in Agroecosystems — From the Small Arise the Big

By Dennis Goss de Souza, Lucas William Mendes, Acácio Aparecido Navarrete and Siu Mui Tsai


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8. Impact of Organic Farming on Biodiversity

By Martina Bavec and Franc Bavec


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9. Hydromorphology and Biodiversity in Headwaters — An Eco- Faunistic Substrate Preference Assessment in Forest Springs of the German Subdued Mountains

By Martin Reiss and Peter Chifflard


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10. Biodiversity and Conservation of Temporary Ponds — Assessment of the Conservation Status of “Veiga de Ponteliñares”, NW Spain (Natura 2000 Network), Using Freshwater Invertebrates

By Amaia Pérez-Bilbao, Cesar João Benetti and Josefina Garrido


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11. A First Approach to Assess the Impact of Bottom Trawling Over Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems on the High Seas of the Southwest Atlantic

By J. Portela, J. Cristobo, P. Ríos, J. Acosta, S. Parra, J.L. del Río, E. Tel, V. Polonio, A. Muñoz, T. Patrocinio, R. Vilela, M. Barba and P. Marín


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12. Agrorural Ecosystem Effects on the Macroinvertebrate Assemblages of a Tropical River

By Bert Kohlmann, Alejandra Arroyo, Monika Springer and Danny Vásquez


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13. Ecohidrology and Nutrient Fluxes in Forest Ecosystems of Southern Chile

By Carlos E Oyarzún and Pedro Hervé-Fernandez


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14. Ecological Flexibility of the Top Predator in an Island Ecosystem — The Iriomote Cat Changes Feeding Patterns in Relation to Prey Availability

By Shinichi Watanabe


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15. Grasses (Poaceae) of Easter Island — Native and Introduced Species Diversity

By Víctor L. Finot, Clodomiro Marticorena, Alicia Marticorena, Gloria Rojas and Juan A. Barrera


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16. Plant Structure in the Brazilian Neotropical Savannah Species

By Suzane Margaret Fank-de-Carvalho, Nádia Sílvia Somavilla, Maria Salete Marchioretto and Sônia Nair Báo


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17. Social Perception and Supply of Ecosystem Services — A Watershed Approach for Carbon Related Ecosystem Services

By Antonio J. Castro, Caryn C. Vaughn, Jason P. Julian, Marina García Llorente and Kelsey N. Bowman


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18. The Importance of Large Trees in Shrine Forests for the Conservation of Epiphytic Bryophytes in Urban Areas

By Yoshitaka Oishi and Keizo Tabata


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19. Miombo Woodlands Research Towards the Sustainable Use of Ecosystem Services in Southern Africa

By Natasha Sofia Ribeiro, Stephen Syampungani, Nalukui M. Matakala, David Nangoma and Ana Isabel Ribeiro-Barros


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20. Ecological Restoration in Conservation Units

By Suzane Bevilacqua Marcuzzo and Márcio Viera


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21. Actions for the Restoration of the Biodiversity of Forest Ecosystems in Cuba

By Eduardo González Izquierdo, Juan A. Blanco, Gretel Geada López, Rogelio Sotolongo Sospedra, Martín González González, Barbarita Mitjans Moreno, Alfredo Jimenez González and José Sánchez Fonseca


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22. Biodiversity in Metal-Contaminated Sites – Problem and Perspective – A Case Study

By E. Roccotiello, P. Marescotti, S. Di Piazza, G. Cecchi, M.G. Mariotti and M. Zotti


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23. Underutilized Crops and Intercrops in Crop Rotation as Factors for Increasing Biodiversity on Fields

By Franc Bavec and Martina Bavec


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24. Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services — Integrating Grassland Conservation with Human Well-Being in South Africa

By André Pelser, Nola Redelinghuys and Anna-Lee Kernan


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25. Shortage of Biodiversity in Grassland

By Ricardo Loiola Edvan, Leilson Rocha Bezerra and Carlo Aldrovandi Torreão Marques


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