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Biology Vocabulary

Vocab

TermDefinition
Ecology the study of the interactions among living things, and between living things and their surroundings
Community is a group of different species that live together in one area
Ecosystem includes all of the organisms as well as the climate, soil, water, rocks, and other non living things in a given area
Biome is a major regional or global community or organisms
Producer are organisms that get their energy from nonliving resources
Autotroph another name for producers
Consumers are organisms that get their energy by eating other living or once-living resources such as plants or animals
Heterotroph another name for consumers
Chemosynthesis is the process by which an organism forms carbohydrates using chemicals, rather than lights, as an energy source
Food Chain is a sequence that links species by their feeding relationships
Herbivore organisms that only eat plants
Carnivore are organisms that only eat animals
Omnivore are organisms that eat both plants and animals
Detritivore are organisms that eat detritus, or dead organic matter
Decomposer are detritivores that break down organic matter into simpler compounds
Generalists are consumers that have a varying diet
Trophic Levels are the levels of nourishment in a food chain
Food Web is a model that shows the complex network of feeding relationships and the flow of energy within and sometimes beyond an ecosystem
Created by: bbowd1452