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Ecology Pt. #1

Ecology The study of the interactions between living organisms and the nonliving components in an ecosystem.
Food Chain series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food.
Food Web a system of interlocking and interdependent food chains.
Ecosystems The living and nonliving components in an area.
Community The different populations of species living together in a specific area.
Population The number of specific species/type of organisms living in an area.
Organism An individual form of life (plant, animal, fungus, bacteria)
Biodiversity The variety of life (number of different species) living in a specific area.
Species A class of organisms that have similar characteristics.
Producer An organism the creates it’s own food using the sun light by way of photosynthesis or chemical energy
Primary Consumer is the living organism that eats the producers, which are usually plants and algae and other autotrophs.
Secondary Consumer An organism that consumes or feeds largely on primary consumers, as well as producers.
Biotic Factors All living or once living organisms in an ecosystem
Abiotic Factors All Non-Living things in an ecosystem
Limiting Factors An abiotic or biotic factor that limits the number of individuals that can live in an ecosystem.
Carrying Capacity The largest number of individuals of the same species that an area can support.
Created by: Allenhensley00