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1. The act or process of following in order or sequence.
2. A group of people or things arranged or following in order; a sequence: "A succession of one-man stalls offered soft drinks" (Alec Waugh). See Synonyms at series.
a. The sequence in which one person after another succeeds to a title, throne, or position.
b. The right of a person or a line of persons to so succeed.
a. The act or process of succeeding to the rights or duties of another.
b. The act or process of becoming entitled as a legal beneficiary to the property of a deceased person.
5. Ecology The gradual replacement of one type of ecological community by another in the same area, involving a series of orderly changes, especially in the dominant vegetation, and often resulting in the establishment of a climax community.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin successiō, successiōn-, from successus, past participle of succēdere, to succeed; see succeed.]

suc·ces′sion·al adj.
suc·ces′sion·al·ly adv.
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Continue successional sowing of salads and sow outdoors cucumber, sweetcorn, squash, French, runner and broad beans.
Pursuant to article 1125 Civil Code, in addition to the actual possession exercised over the successional patrimony, the seizin gives to seizin heirs, the right to administrate this heritage and to exercise the rights and actions of the deceased.
In the remnants of native secondary forest, which develop after the abandonment of anthropic activities, edaphic arthropod communities present greater abundance / density, richness and diversity when compared to areas with more advanced successional stages (Menezes et al.
If you plant successional sowings the harvest can last six to eight weeks.
Breeding of chestnut-sided warblers in 2015 demonstrates the value of maintaining some early successional habitat in southern Indiana landscapes.
The BDI identifies priority sites for reclamation to early- successional (i.
Anthropic disturbances are considered an extremely worrying factor since they change the environmental conditions, threatening the successional status of forests and the conservation of the biological diversity.
From Cowles' and others studies of chronosequences over the past 100 y, ecologists have observed that plant species richness and diversity generally increase over successional time, especially for primary successional systems (e.
We hypothesized that geologic and topographic differences between the steep mountainous zones and the lower elevation hills (hereafter "ridge" and "foothills" zones, respectively) are differentially affecting successional dynamics of the park's MLPE.
In addition, by concentrating most retention in patches, variable retention harvesting provides the open conditions important for what are called "early successional species" - those that appear shortly after a forest has been harvested or burned - including many birds, butterflies, moths, deer and elk.
The topics include the synthesis of a long-term study of tropical dry forest ecological succession in Mexico, edge influence on canopy openness and understory microclimate in two neotropical dry forest fragments, fruit-eating bats and birds of three seasonal tropical dry forests in the Americas, interspecific and interannual variation in foliar phenological patterns in a successional mosaic of a dry forest in the Central LLanos of Venezuela, and analyzing the history of land use and present socio-ecological struggles in Latin American tropical dry forests.
Woody vegetation quantified within the riparian corridor was analyzed to understand interactions of flow of streams, geomorphology, and successional patterns associated with the distribution of vegetation within the community of the riparian zone along a coastal river and semiarid environment in southern Texas.