Niche construction, co-evolution and biodiversity

Kevin N. Laland, Neeltje J. Boogert

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Many organisms modulate the availability of resources to other species, in the process changing the selection to which they and other organisms are exposed (niche construction). Niche construction drives co-evolutionary episodes, and builds connectance between the biotic components of ecosystems. Organisms have significant non-trophic impacts on ecosystem structure, function, and biodiversity. Based on a review of the most recent literature, we propose measures that could be employed to manage environments and enhance conservation efforts. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-736
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2010


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