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Ecologists have long been embroiled in a debate over the relationship between complexity (diversity) and stability in ecosystems.

Over the course of this debate, the prevailing view has see-sawed between the thesis that diversity begets stability, and the antithesis that diversity either leads to instability or is irrelevant.

New research published in this week’s issue of Nature supports those who claim that diversity does not lead to stability. But there are limits to how widely the findings can be applied.

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Reference: Nature 416, 23 (2002)