The Assembly, Collapse and Restoration of Food Webs

Dobson, A., S. Allesina, K. Lafferty and M. Pascual

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If our understanding of food webs is to have a firm empirical basis, we need to describe and attempt to model the structure of webs for a variety of natural and human-modified ecosystems. At present, a significant proportion of ecosystem management is based upon a blend of ‘conventional wisdom’, insights from single-species studies, pressure to conserve charismatic vertebrates, attempts to balance the integrity of the natural ecosystem with the benefits it is expected to provide to the local community (‘community conservation’), and occasional adaptive management.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B