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Ecosystem

Definition

noun, plural: ecosystems

A system that includes all living organisms (biotic factors) in an area as well as its physical environment (abiotic factors) functioning together as a unit.


Supplement

An ecosystem is made up of plants, animals, microorganisms, soil, rocks, minerals, water sources and the local atmosphere interacting with one another.


Word origin: coined in 1930 by Roy Clapham, to denote the physical and biological components of an environment considered in relation to each other as a unit.
Related phrases: ecosystem model, ecosystem ecology, ecosystem diversity.
See also: biotic factor, abiotic factor, ecology.


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Help with the basic understanding of Ecosystems

I've just started advanced Bio course and we're looking at ecosystems but I can't get my head around it. The definition states that an ecosystem is a community interacting with the environment in an area. Environment = the conditions in which a person, ...

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by gooner97
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Help with the basic understanding of Ecosystems
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Re: A Potential Plan To Save Endangered Species

... SEA " the micro organisms (ALGAE) get introduced too the Marine life in that area & start a chain of events that are harmful too the ecosystem there ! It's just the way I see it ; so thai U for allowing me too join in !

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by EtriganNE
Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:02 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Potential Plan To Save Endangered Species
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ecosystem: assimilation, dissimilation, decomposers, etc.

Source 1 shows a part of the energy flow diagram in an ecosystem. http://i.imgur.com/8qI2PRt.png 1. Part P of the biomass of the primary producers does not get consumed. Give a concrete example of how this energy can get to the decomposers. ...

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by DarDerk
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: ecosystem: assimilation, dissimilation, decomposers, etc.
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Re: Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms

... and pea plants, which is far from the best possible combination, in my opinion. What remains for us is to figure out how to create a sustainable ecosystem for them to thrive in, plants that quickly produce seeds will be integral as ideally we will choose a plant that either can survive under ...

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by erialsneider
Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:13 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms
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Views: 2825

Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms

... eat a variety of plants, most of which are very quick germinators and reach maturity in at most two months. Imagine we could create a sustainable ecosystem, growing our quadrillion aphids, requiring only sunlight water, and backup plants. Simply knock off some aphids when your rice needs some ...

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by erialsneider
Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:13 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms
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