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Trends Expected in Stressed Ecosystems

Eugene P. Odum
BioScience
Vol. 35, No. 7, Managing Stressed Ecosystems (Jul. - Aug., 1985), pp. 419-422
DOI: 10.2307/1310021
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1310021
Page Count: 4
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Trends Expected in Stressed Ecosystems
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Abstract

When ecosystems are not suffering from unusual external perturbations, we observe certain well-defined developmental trends. Since disturbance tends to arrest, or even reverse, these autogenic developments, we can anticipate some ecosystem responses to stress. Trends expected in stressed ecosystems include changes in energetics, nutrient cycling, and community structure and function.

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