Redefining ecosystem multifunctionality

Peter Manning*, Fons Van Der Plas, Santiago Soliveres, Eric Allan, Fernando T. Maestre, Georgina Mace, Mark J. Whittingham, Markus Fischer

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Recent years have seen a surge of interest in ecosystem multifunctionality, a concept that has developed in the largely separate fields of biodiversity-ecosystem function and land management research. Here we discuss the merit of the multifunctionality concept, the advances it has delivered, the challenges it faces and solutions to these challenges. This involves the redefinition of multifunctionality as a property that exists at two levels: ecosystem function multifunctionality and ecosystem service multifunctionality. The framework presented provides a road map for the development of multifunctionality measures that are robust, quantifiable and relevant to both fundamental ecological science and ecosystem management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-436
Number of pages10
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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