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New Method for Measuring Biodiversity


February 15, 2008

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German and Sri Lankan researchers have developed a new method for measuring the impacts of species on local biodiversity, that makes it possible to determine whether a certain species promotes or suppresses species diversity. The new method extends a procedure familiar to biologists that involves investigating species numbers in relation to area by adding sophisticated statistical methods so that it can be used to describe the role of individual species in their impact on biodiversity. Full Story

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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

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