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INTRODUCTION

The goal of the excellence centre FIBIR (Frontiers in Biodiversity Research) is to study why biodiversity in ecosystems of different history and human impact varies. FIBIR, led by Prof. Martin Zobel., unites six research teams. It is one of the seven centres of excellence in Estonia supported in 2008 – 2013.

FIBIR aims to unify the six research teams into a synergistic network through lateral integration among the top-level scientists and groups. In particular, we aim to elucidate general trends in the variation of biological and functional diversity in ecosystems with different evolutionary history and under different human pressure, to distinguish the ecological and evolutionary processes behind diversity patterns, and to integrate ecological knowledge in order to develop principles of sustainable biodiversity conservation and management, and to enhance ecologically sustainable economic growth.

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