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Elucidating the Relationship Between Indirect Effects and Ecosystem Stability - Poster

Elucidating the Relationship Between Indirect Effects and Ecosystem Stability - Poster

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As global temperatures rise, extreme weather events become frequent, and human settlement encroaches into previously undisturbed areas, it is clear that the world’s ecosystems are in a precarious position. As such, the importance of understanding which factors support ecosystem stability in the face of environmental change cannot be understated. According to the principle of the weak interaction effect, food webs that exhibit a high proportion of weak interactions tend to be more stable than those that do not. If indirect effects, flows of energy or matter between species that have a path length greater than one, can be thought of as a type of weak interaction, it is conceivable that an abundance of indirect effects may promote ecosystem stability as well.
As global temperatures rise, extreme weather events become frequent, and human settlement encroaches into previously undisturbed areas, it is clear that the world’s ecosystems are in a precarious position. As such, the importance of understanding which factors support ecosystem stability in the face of environmental change cannot be understated. According to the principle of the weak interaction effect, food webs that exhibit a high proportion of weak interactions tend to be more stable than those that do not. If indirect effects, flows of energy or matter between species that have a path length greater than one, can be thought of as a type of weak interaction, it is conceivable that an abundance of indirect effects may promote ecosystem stability as well.

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Published by: irregularflowers on Aug 22, 2013
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