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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Rough-cut mowers are perfect for managing meadows and ditches and, in locales where the climax ecosystem is forest, keeping it out of your open fields.
Conversely, a Type III or so-called Climax Ecosystem, as proposed by Russian evolutionary theorist Kropotkin, is a mature species which shares territory, resources, helps ensure the life of other species and is far more co-operative.
Evidence is presented for this position in the form of observations on the role of species adaptation as a barrier to biological invasion within climax ecosystems.