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Biodiversity and mutualism in ecosystems

Technical paper: Importance of biodiversity and mutualism to ecosystem structure and function. Implications for modelling artificial systems; Permaculture.
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A technical paper that describes the realtionship between biodiversity and mutualism (co-operation between different species), and their importance to ecosystem function and structural organisation. Explains how co-operative networks extend beyond ecosystems, to connect all species. It supports the 'rivet' hypothesis, whereby all species play a role in the immediate structure and long-term stability of ecosystems, allowing dynamic adjustment to environmental change. Implications for modeling artificial systems are raised; importance of Permaculture.

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