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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

Volume 99 of the series Praktische Zahnmedizin Odonto-Stomatologie Pratique Practical Dental Medicine pp 15-41

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Agricultural Systems

  • M. J. Swift
  • , J. M. Anderson

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Abstract

In this chapter we are concerned with the significance of biodiversity in the functioning of a particular type of ecosystem. In the broadest sense all the concepts and principles covered in the other chapters of this book are relevant to this discussion. Our main purpose is thus to establish a context for considering the role and significance of biodiversity in the functioning of agricultural systems.