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SLS Bio11 Ecology AV

TermDefinition
Carrying Capacity Number of individuals of a species a particular environment can support indefinitely
Cellular Respiration metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine tand then release waste products.
Climax Community An ecological community in which populations of plants or animals remain stable and exist in balance with each other and their environment
Commensalism an association between two organisms in which one benefits and the other derives neither benefit nor harm.
Consumer Consume food
Cyclic Growth
Decomposers an organism, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material.
Density Dependant Factors factors where the effects on the size or growth of a population vary with the density of the population itself
Density Independant Factors Any factor limiting the size of a population whose effect is not dependent on the number of individuals in the population
Ecological Succession The observed process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time
Energy Flow The flow of energy through a biological food chain.
Exponential Growth Growth whose rate becom more rapid in proportion to the growing total number or size.
Logistic Growth Over time the population size increases until the population size equals the carrying capacity
Mutualism Symbiosis that is beneficial to both organisms involved.
Parasitism Non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, benefits while the other is harmed
Photosynthesis The process by which green plants use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water
Pioneer Species Species which are the first to colonize previously disrupted or damaged ecosystems
Population Group of organisms of the same species occupying a certain area
Pyramid of Energy a graphical model of energy flow in a community shaped in a pyramid
Steady State unchanging condition in a physical process
Symbiosis Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
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