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ecological redundancyökologische Redundanz (ger.)

  • The phenomenon that organisms of different species fulfill the same ecological role such that the loss of one species may be compensated by the other with respect to the functioning of the system.  
    ecological role

    the relations between food-chain length, nutrient cycling, and resilience appear robust (or at least the deviations can be explained) when transferred to a more complicated food-web structure. These theoreticalresults seem to carry implications concerning the value of ecological redundancy

    DeAngelis, D.L. et al. (1989). Effects of nutrient recycling and food-chain length on resilience. Amer. Nat. 134, 778-805: 799-800.