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is it desirable to increase alpha-and beta-scale diversity if it can be done without apparently decreasing gamma-scale diversity?

Nov 14th, 2014

Total species diversity in a landscape (γ) is determined by two different things, the mean species diversity in sites or habitats at a more local scale (α) and the differentiation among those habitats (β).  The relationship between them is γ = α * β.  If you could increase alpha and beta diversity without decreasing gamma-scale diversity, then you would be creating more biodiversity.  This is desirable!  More biodiversity means that a particular ecosystem or environment is more stable, more productive and more resistant to environmental stress than other ecosystems.  

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