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Mutualism

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noun

A symbiotic relationship between individuals of different species in which both individuals benefit from the association.


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In this type of symbiosis, both organisms of different species rely on one another for nutrients, protection and other life functions, hence, they are usually found living in close proximity.

It can be thought of as a form of "biological barter" since the species trade resources (for example carbohydrates or inorganic compounds), or services such as gamete or offspring dispersal, or protection from predators.

There are two types of mutualism: obligate mutualism and facultative mutualism.


Word origin: L. mūtu(us): mutual, reciprocal + Gk -ismos, -isma: often directly, often through.
Related forms: mutualist (noun), mutualistic (adjective).
Compare: amensalism, commensalism, parasitism.
See also: cooperation, symbiosis.


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how is pollination an example of mutualism?

yes that a mutualism because two organism got benefit from their relationship

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by idamadespp
Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:56 am
 
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how is pollination an example of mutualism?

... of plants are transferred. In this process when bee is taking the pollen, - Bee: it gets nectar - Flower: it's pollen are being spread Hence mutualism (+ , +)

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by janet121
Fri May 04, 2012 9:44 am
 
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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

Mutualism is the way two organisms biologically interact where each individual derives a fitness benefit.It plays a key part in ecology. For example, mutualistic interactions are vital for terrestrial ecosystem function as ...

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by Paula78
Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:19 am
 
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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

bees get nectar from the plants which contain carbohydrates

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by alrazi
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:15 am
 
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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

it seems to be more commensalism more than mutualism.

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by nova707
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:39 am
 
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