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Food

Biomass that sustains living organisms. Material that can be converted to provide energy and nutrition. Mostly initially derived from photosynthesis.


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How does food contribute to ecosystem service provision?

A Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) with dinner, a Common Brushtail Possum. Check permission to use this photo.

 

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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude food contributes to different ecosystem services (relative to other ecosystem functions) in SEQ.

 

 

What is the temporal and geographic scale food operates at and services are delivered?

 

 

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The map to the right shows areas where the function food is expected to occur across SEQ. Data sets supporting the map can be found in the Quick Index. By clicking on the link below the map it will provide a more detailed view.

 

How do we know if we are degrading, maintaining or improving food in SEQ?

 

The Birdwing Vine (Pararistolochia praevenosa) is the the only known food for catapillars of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

Many domesticated animals require grazing pastures to feed.

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How do we manage this ecosystem function in SEQ?

 

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