A science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments
The place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows
Any living component that affect another organism
Drawing from natural ecosystems which are defined as the network of interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment
Non-living chemical and physical parts of the environment that affect living organisms and the functioning of ecosystems
The function or position of a species within an ecological community
An autotrohpic organism that serves as a source of food for other organisms in a food chain.
A heterotrophic organism that feeds on other organisms in a food chain.
The total mass of living matter within a given unit of environmental area.
An animal that feeds on plants.
An animal that feeds on flesh.
An animal that eats both plants and animals.
an animal that feeds on dead organic material
break down dead or decaying organisms
the position an organism occupies in a food chain
series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food
a system of interlocking and interdependent food chains
the flow of chemical elements between living organisms and the enviroment
when a plant absorbs water in its roots
the chemical processes by which atmospheric nitrogen is assimilated into organic compounds
the process of ammoniating; decomposition with production of ammonia
biological oxidation or ammonium to nitrite followed by the oxidation of the nitrite to nitrate
the loss or removal of nitrogen or nitrogen compounds
the trapping of the sun's warmth in a plants lower atmosphere
an organism that is able to form organic substances from simple inorganic substances
an organism deriving its nutritional requirements from complex organic substances
process by which plants use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water

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