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Ecolgy Stuff


biosphere the part of the earth that supports life
carrying capacity the largest number of individuals of one species than an ecosystem can support over time
commensalism a symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits and the other is unharmed
consumer organisms that cannot make their own energy-rich molecules
ecology the study of interactions that occur among organisms and their environment
ecosystem all the organisms living in an area and the nonliving features of their envitonment
habitat the place in which and organism lives
limiting factor anything that restricts the number of individuals in a population
mutualism a symbiotic realtionship in which both species benefit
niche how an organism survives, including its habitat, how it obtains food and shelter, and how it avoids danger
community all the populations in a ecosystem
parasitism a symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits while the other is harmed
population the organisms that belong to the same species living in a community
producer organism, such as a green plant, that gets its energy from an outside source such as the sun
symbiosis any close relationship between two organisms
predator the organism that feeds on another organism for food
prey an organism that is harmed in order to feed another organism.
competition a quarrel between two organisms usually because of food
chemosynthesis process in which producers make energy rich nutrient molecules from chemicals
food web model that shows the complex feeding relationships among organisms in a community
energy pyramid model that shows the amount of energy available at each feeding level in an ecosystem
food chain the order in which an organism eats another
Created by: Madison Luros