climax community

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climax community

n. Ecology
An ecological community in the final stage of succession, in which the species composition remains relatively stable until a disturbance such as fire occurs.

cli·max community

(klī′măks′)
An ecological community in which populations of plants or animals remain stable and exist in balance with each other and their environment. A climax community is the final stage of succession, remaining relatively unchanged until destroyed by an event such as fire or human interference. See more at succession.
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Problems of numbers of climaxes, the presence and nature of the internal dynamics in climax communities are topical subjects of special studies [9, 10].
Counter to my training and experience, I was surprised by statements that climax communities are more diverse and less subject to perturbation than seral stages, and that nutrient cycling is not relied upon to any great extent in modern agriculture.
In the Crested Butte area of Gunnison County, some aspen forests appear to be seral while others have been interpreted to be climax communities (Langenheim, 1962; Cox, 1968; Johnston, 1997), particularly those that abut fescue grassland rather than coniferous forests (Morgan, 1969).