Is Basic Ecological Research Useful?
Basic ecological research, also known as pure or fundamental ecological research, helps us understand how living things interact with each other and how they interact with non-living things (1). It also helps us understand where living things are found and how many of them there are (1). There is no real way to accurately predict what ecological knowledge will end up being useful (2). We must fund more basic ecological research (2) to make sure something useful happens in the