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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human WellbeingAn Ecological and Economic Perspective$
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Shahid Naeem, Daniel E. Bunker, Andy Hector, Michel Loreau, and Charles Perrings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547951.001.0001

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Biodiversity-ecosystem function research and biodiversity futures: early bird catches the worm or a day late and a dollar short?

Biodiversity-ecosystem function research and biodiversity futures: early bird catches the worm or a day late and a dollar short?

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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing
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Martin Solan

Jasmin A. Godbold

Amy Symstad

Dan F. B. Flynn

Daniel E. Bunker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547951.003.0003

Articulating the appropriate interpretation of biodiversity-ecosystem function research is fundamental to providing a tenable solution to the biodiversity crisis, but the gradual dissemination of results and ideology through the literature is inefficient and frustrates timely application of practical solutions. This chapter summarizes the core biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) literature then tracks the sequential flow of information to other scientific disciplines and to end users tasked with managing the environment. It examines how effective the BEF community has been in communicating the science and asks whether the discipline runs the risk of being an independent, primarily academic field that does not directly contribute to environmental policy or impending global scale problems. Despite consensus that biodiversity enhances ecosystem function, adoption of BEF principles by policymakers is lagging. If the benefits of our scientific products are to be realized, the information flow from science to policy needs to be more effectively managed and communicated.

Keywords:   biodiversity, ecosystem function, information supply, citation analysis, bibliometric review

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