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What's the more abundant biopolymer: chitin or (ligno)cellulose?

Chitin is considered the most abundant polymer after cellulose (e.g., Rinaudo, 2006). Does anyone know of specific biomass estimates in literature, probably also differentiating between terrestrial ...
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What accounts for diversity in species? [duplicate]

Why are there so many similar life units? (creatures, plants, etc.) Or, in other words, why is there great diversity among life units yet great similarity between similar groupings of life units? Why ...
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Why aren't animals diverse in phenotype? [duplicate]

I am not comparing a cat with leopard. I am just saying that we humans are all one type of creature and we are diverse (I am not saying we are class of mammals and phylum of etc and kingdom etc, ...
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What problems do invasive species cause ?

Why do we value species? What is so bad about invasive species? Why value biodiversity?
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Molting in arthropods

Do all the arthropods molt ? Which ones do not molt ? Why don't they need to molt ? I tried googling this - but did not get satisfactory answers.
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Is there a hypothesis that attempts to explain patterns of species richness along all three energy-related environmental gradients?

My question is related to one of the oldest question in ecology: "What determines global patterns of species richness?". However, I want to focus on one particular part of this question, which has ...
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How do you estimate global species richness?

I know how estimates of species richness in a small area are made. But how do you estimate the total number of species on a global scale? One example of such a method can be found in Mora et al. ...
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Why is the floral biodiversity of grazed grassland higher than that of mown grassland?

I have collected some data to compare the biodiversity of a field in which the plagioclimax is maintained by machine mowing with a field in which the plagioclimax is maintained by sheep grazing. What ...
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Most suitable biodiversity index

I am conducting an investigation into the effect of two different grass management techniques (grazing vs. machine-mowing) upon floral biodiversity. I have collected my data and now need to process ...