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food web

n.
A complex of interrelated food chains.

food web

n
(Environmental Science) a combination of food chains that integrate to form a network

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n.
the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.
[1960–65]

food web

A group of interrelated food chains in a particular ecological community.

food web

A mesh of interlinked food chains.
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Noun1.food web - (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chainsfood web - (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
food chain - (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
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After using simplified keys to identify the organisms they found, the group constructed food webs and talked about which organisms would most likely appeal to the bass as food.
Many studies of stream and lake food webs have been prompted by interest in monitoring pollution levels and determining the mode by which pesticides enter and affect ecosystems (Ricklefs, 1973).
This key question of current ecology will be studied using quantitative surveys of plant-herbivore-parasitoid food webs within paired sets of tropical and temperate forests from six continents, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Gabon, Panama, the Czech Republic, Japan, and USA, sampled using canopy cranes, truck-mounted elevated platforms and forest felling.
The researchers create their model food webs following on from their experiences with real ecosystems; what eats what, the composition of the species' life cycles, and how they interact with others.
As we basically fish down global food webs in all these different ecosystems, we will in essence be restructuring communities.
Stable isotopes are relatively consistently fractionated by biological and physical processes as they pass through food webs becoming heavier by 3%0 to 4%0 for N and by 1%o to 2%0 for C with each trophic transfer (Peterson & Fry 1987, Cabana & Rasmussen 1994).
Seashore Food Chains (0778719499) surveys how plants to carnivores obtain food from sun, sand, and surf; Prairie Food Chains (0778719472) discusses how food is made and consumed in a prairie environment--something only touched upon in most competing 'food chains' books which focus on rainforests and shore primarily; and Tundra Food Chains (0778719466) discusses tundra animals, plants, and food webs.
The book is divided into four sections, the first of which addresses the topic of structure and function within food webs.
And it is the species high in the ocean's food webs that we fish for.
The possibility of increased endotherm-based constraints on terrestrial food chains was considered by Ryszkowski and French (1982), and Yodzis (1984) attempted to directly explore predictions extending from this hypothesis, using a collection of published food webs available at that time (N = 34, all of which were quite small and poorly resolved by today's standards).
Arctic Cod, a small, ice-affiliated forage fish, is the most abundant marine fish and is an important link in marine food webs.

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