Biodiversity

Why is biodiversity so important?

 

Scientists are really beginning to study this and the field is referred to as BEF:

        Biodiversity
       
Ecosystem
       
Function

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a diagram of a relatively simple ecosystem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what happens when there's fewer players?

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For example...... a whale is eating plankton (autotrophs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine this complex set of events are part of this ecological network (below).