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CP Ecology Part 1

Ecology part 1F14

abiotic non living things.
biotic living things.
Ecology – the study of the distribution, abundance and interactions of living organisms in a given area
Ecosystem An area where all living organisms (biotic factors) and nnonliving (abiotic factors) functioning together as a unit.
autotroph organism that obtains energy from sunlight or chemicals by producing its own food sources
carbon cycle processes, including photosynthesis, decomposition, and respiration, by which carbon as a component of various compounds cycles
carnivore An animal that only eats meat.
carrying capacity In ecology, the number of individuals of a particular species that a region can sustain indefinitely
commensalism Symbiotic relationship between two organisms. when one organism benefits and one is unaffected.
competition. Two or more organisms competing for a resource
consumers Those organisms that cannot produce there own food
decomposers An organism that gets energy from breaking down dead organisms or wastes
development progression from a simpler or lower to a more advanced, mature, or complex form or stage
energy pyramid A model to show the flow of energy through the food chain. Less energy is available at each level as you move toward the top.
energy transfer flows from sun to autotrophs, and later transferred to organisms, which feed on autotrophs and become prey for tertiary consumers.
excretion The process of removing wastes from an organism
food chain Feeding relationship that’s transfers energy through a community. Producers to herbivores to carnivores.
food web Food chains that overlap. More stable than a food chain
Created by: nbctbio