2008
DOI: 10.1590/s1519-69842008000500018
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The value of biodiversity

Abstract: In addition to its intrinsic value (nature working as it is; species are the product of a long history of continuing evolution by means of ecological processes, and so they have the right to continued existence), biodiversity also plays a fundamental role as ecosystem services in the maintenance of natural ecological processes. The economic or utilitarian values of biodiversity rely upon the dependence of man on biodiversity; products that nature can provide: wood, food, fibers to make paper, resins, chemical … Show more

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“…Studies on abundance and diversity on enchytraeids, and other soil fauna in the tropics, are important to understand their role in maintaining or improving soil fertility through interaction with the decomposition and nutrient cycling processes allowing comparisons to temperate regions (Römbke, 2007;Alho, 2008). In Europe, enchytraeid abundance may be high, reaching 300.000 individuals per square meter as reported by Peachey (1963) in soils rich in organic matter but, generally, it is reported to range between 5.000 and 143.000 (Didden, 1993) with annual average of 20.000 to 60.000 according to Jänsch et al (2005).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Studies on abundance and diversity on enchytraeids, and other soil fauna in the tropics, are important to understand their role in maintaining or improving soil fertility through interaction with the decomposition and nutrient cycling processes allowing comparisons to temperate regions (Römbke, 2007;Alho, 2008). In Europe, enchytraeid abundance may be high, reaching 300.000 individuals per square meter as reported by Peachey (1963) in soils rich in organic matter but, generally, it is reported to range between 5.000 and 143.000 (Didden, 1993) with annual average of 20.000 to 60.000 according to Jänsch et al (2005).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Além disso, a biodiversidade também enfoca o aspecto ético, econômico, cultural, recreativo, intelectual, científico, espiritual, emocional e estético da biodiversidade (ALHO, 2008).…”
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“…Given the importance of knowledge of the biology of endangered species, especially motivated by challenge to know the scientific value of biodiversity (Alho, 2008), this study aims to provide LWRs, K and growth stanzas of the O. xinguense for contributing with future ecological studies on this species, and somehow, to its conservation.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%