An Inordinate Fondness of Rarity

Chase, Jonathan
May 2013
PLoS Biology;May2013, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p1
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the functional traits of rare species and their role in the ecosystem. It refers to the article "Rare Species Support Vulnerable Functions in High-Diversity Ecosystems," by David Mouillot M. David and colleagues, published in the periodical "PLOS Biology." It discusses how human population is causing sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, and thus affecting the relationship between biodiversity and the functions of ecosystems.


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