Publication year: 2011 Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Available online 23 September 2011 Neil Rooney, Kevin S. McCann Given the unprecedented rate of species extinctions facing the planet, understanding the causes and consequences of species diversity in ecosystems is of paramount importance. Ecologists have investigated both the influence of environmental variables on species diversity and the influence of species diversity on ecosystem function and stability. These investigations have largely been carried out without taking into account the overarching stabilizing structures of food webs that arise from evolutionary and successional processes and that are maintained through species interactions.
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Integrating food web diversity, structure and stability