Complexity vs. Stability
A tropical rain forest is ecologically more stable than the sub-arctic tundra. If the number of species present is chosen as a measure of the ‘complexity’ of the ecosystem, and the ability of the species present to persist in time is taken as a sign of ‘stability’ then the above examples are interpreted to mean that Complexity leads to Stability. Another example of this hypothesis comes from agricultural observations. In general, a field with several interplanted crops is more resistant to a pest outbreak than a field with just a single crop.
KeywordsTrophic Level Tropical Rain Forest Resilient System Single Crop Pest Outbreak
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