The diversity-stability debate

Kevin Shear McCann

NATURE, Vol 405, 11 May 2000

DOI 10.1038/35012234

Used by the Diversify project

This paper synthesizes the main elements in the debate that goes on in ecology to understand the exact role of biodiversity on the stability, resilience and productivity of ecosystems. DIVERSIFY’s conceptual foundation is that diversity improves adaptation and resilience capacities of complex systems, in particular software systems. The paper by McCann is thus an essential foundation to understand all dimensions that must be taken into account to validate this assumption.