"The general biodiversity-ecosystem functioning effects of species richness, i.e., increase in ecosystem functioning and increase of the stability of ecosystem functioning under ambient environmental conditions, of aquatic systems show similar patterns like terrestrial systems. However, compared to their importance of primary production, aquatic ecosystems are seldom studied regarding their functioning. In a similar way, in most cases species richness was manipulated and other aspects, such as functional diversity, genetic diversity, or epigenetic diversity was less studied. This is particularly interesting, since most theoretical approaches like the insurance hypothesis do not differentiate between the different âlevelsâ of biodiversity. Thus, any increase of biological diversity, i.e. biodiversity, is considered to contribute to an increase of ecosystem functioning. And indeed, genetic and even epigenetic diversity of one single species increases ecosystem functioning.
Bastian Steudel; Microalgae in Ecology: Ecosystem Functioning Experiments"
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