ecological succession

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Noun1.ecological succession - (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
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Although the Plasmoporella-Clathrodictyon community dominates the framework of the first reef unit, the quantitative examination implies a subtle ecological succession, similar to successions described in other Ordovician and Silurian reefs (Walker & Alberstadt 1975).
Linking restoration and ecological succession // Springer Science Media, New York.
Ecological succession is supported on 34 ha of Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests, eight ha of Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests, and 96 ha of oak-hornbeam forests.
It will be useful to professionals who study ecological succession in disturbed areas, and to researchers who need to know the technical details of what must be done to restore the soil and plant cover of a toxic site and how long it will take.
Keywords: Floristic Quality Assessment, old-field, ecological succession, mean C, FQI, vegetation monitoring
These findings - based on samples collected for Edwards by US Navy deep sea submersible Alvin (famed for its exploration of the Titanic in 1986) - provide a rare example of ecological succession in microbes.
Natural ecological succession is cleaning up the old damage by loggers very nicely, thanks.
I told them about snowshoes, owls, trees, forestry, ecological succession, black cherry burls, lichens, tornadoes, straight line winds, glaciers, ancient river valleys, groundwater movement, lake levels, animal hibernation, torpor, quinzee construction, winter camping, tracking, and probably a dozen other topics.
Helens for generations to come as ecological succession gradually restores the dense old-growth forests that covered the area before the eruption.
Among specific topics are demographic factors that set the stage for urban wildlife management, ecological succession, soil biota and their function, biotic effects of urbanization on stream ecology, remnant habitat patches, types of habitats found in and around landfills, urban coyotes, inviting everyone to the table, wildlife law, and mycotic diseases.
In my classes, I use the example of forensic entomological succession to illustrate the larger concept of ecological succession.
Nematodes, as one of the best indicators within the soil biota, are closely related to soil environment and sensitive to soil environmental changes, and they could provide insights into ecological succession (Wasilewska 2006).

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