Biodiversity is only partially a scientific issue. Philosophical and political value systems drive much of the debate and action. Better science would, however, help expose much of what is presently intuitive but may be false. A topic upon which range scientists have much to contribute is how plant diversity relates to successional status of woodlands, grasslands, shrub steppe, and deserts. Correspondence of vegetational change to animal habitats and soil erosion follows. Closer monitoring of large blocks of land under multiple use could lead to a blending of research with management. Definitive understanding of mechanisms will, however, require well-designed manipulated experiments with adequate controls maintained over longer time spans than has been the case in the past.
Krueger, William C.
"Biodiversity as a facet of rangeland research,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 4, Article 12.
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