Foreword for Cary Conference X, “Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous
Among the most difficult problems in the life sciences is the challenge to
understand the details of how ecosystems/watersheds/landscapes function.
Yet, the welfare of all life, not just the human species, depends upon the successful
functioning of diverse and complicated ecosystems, each with various
dimensions and compositions.
Large herbivores are, and have for a long time been, among the major
drivers for forming the shape and function of terrestrial ecosystems. These
animals may modify primary production, nutrient cycles, soil properties,
fire regimes as well as other biota. Some large herbivore species/populations
are at the edge of extinction and great effort is being made to save
them. Other species/populations are under discussion for reintroduction.
Still other species occur in dense populations and cause conflicts with
other land use interests.
Some say that ‘the cockroach’ will be the last species on Earth to survive.
Then it has been calculated that one gravid aphid, left to reproduce with zero
mortality, will, after one year, cover the globe with an aphid layer over 140 km
thick. Not forgetting too, that flies and fleas vector disease. So, why should we
even consider conserving insects? Quite simply, without insects, the likelihood
is that the world as we know it would be radically changed in a matter of days.
Besides, it is only a tiny minority of insects that harm our lives.
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