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Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms and the natural environment

Consists of
  • biotic: concerning living things which an organism comes into contact with
  • abiotic: includes light, water, oxygen, temperature, salinity and pH of water or soil
Some terms
  • Habitat: a place where an organism lives
  • Population: a group of individuals of the same species
  • Niche: the role played or position occupied by an organism in the habitat
  • Community: consists of populations of plants and animals living together and interacting with one another under the same environmental conditions
  • Producers: green plants that can manufacture food materials by photosynthesis
  • Consumers: obtain their energy from the organisms on which they feed
  • Decomposers: break down organic matter, feeding on some of the remains and releasing the rest
Food chain and Food web
  • Food chain
    • a series of organisms through which energy is transferred in material form constitutes a food chain
    • A food chain is usually short because of the loss of much energy to the environment at each level
  • A food web consists of two or more food chains interlinked together
Carbon cycle
  • The carbon cycle consists of processes by which carbon dioxide is removed and restored to the atmosphere
[Image: carboncycle.jpg?height=320&width=320]

Parasitism
  • Parasitism is an association between 2 organisms such that one organism (the parasite) lives on or in the body of another organism (the host)
  • The parasite usually does some harm to its host
Malaria
  • The malaria parasite requires 2 hosts (man and anopheles mosquito) to complete its life cycle
  • It is transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person by the female Anopheles mosquito (the vector)

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(This post was last modified: 02-26-2014 07:09 PM by MyElimu.)
02-26-2014 07:08 PM
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