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Rift Over Biodiversity Divides Ecologists

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Science  25 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5483, pp. 1282-1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5483.1282

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A long-simmering debate among ecologists over the importance of biodiversity to the health of ecosystems has erupted into a full-blown war. Opposing camps are dueling over the quality of key experiments, and some are flinging barbs at meetings and in journals. The dispute pits an outspoken group of ecologists against some of the leading lights in the field.