24.04.2015 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, Research

New study: Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems

Jena Experiment / Foto: Nico Eisenhauer

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A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.
The findings bolster the view that conservation of biodiversity benefits the plants and animals directly involved, and by extension the human populations that rely on these organisms and ecosystems for food, water, and other basic services. Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer, co-author of this study: “Only with this level of international, cross-system collaboration can we explore global patterns and understand the importance of biodiversity loss for all of humanity.” Paper in Nature Communications
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