Applications of community ecology approaches in terrestrial ecosystems: local problems, remote causes

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Abstract

One of the greatest challenges facing applied ecologists is to elucidate causes of unwanted developments in natural and production ecosystems, and to translate this knowledge into management decisions without causing unintended side-effects. Such a strategy requires interventions based on solid understanding of the underlying mechanisms, as well as proper predictions of future direct and indirect effects of the interventions. Good applied ecological research quite often may reveal our shortage of knowledge, which in turn will fuel fundamental research initiatives. Community ecology plays a key role in many aspects of applied ecology because the abundance of species strongly depends on competitive and predatory interactions among species that are part of food webs. Food web interactions are major drivers of ecosystem processes, and they are key to the delivery of ecosystem goods and services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Ecology. Processes, Models, and Applications
EditorsH.A Verhoef, P.J. Morin
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter7
Pages83-94
ISBN (Print)9780199228973, 9780199228980
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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