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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Factors determining the role of loblolly pine and sweetgum in early old-field succession in the piedmont of North Carolina.
The northern half of the property along SR 32, which was bulldozed, has essentially undergone secondary old-field succession (that is, succession due to a catastrophic event that reduced an already established ecosystem (Kimmins 2004; IHAPI 2011).
Some of their topics are the physical environment, the Woods in the modern landscape, the trees in the Woods 1945-2007, an old-field succession experiment in Upper Seeds, invertebrates, mammals, and conservation management.
(1999) who showed that among 718 arthropod species studied in an old-field succession, body size significantly decreased with age of successional stage.
Proximity to forest vegetation seems to be important as a determinant of species diversity and composition during old-field succession at this location.
is known about the mechanisms of old-field succession in the Neotropics
Vora (1990) reported jara dulce, buffelgrass and bermudagrass were dominant species after five years in an old-field succession near Mission, Texas.
Carbon and nitrogen cycling during old-field succession: Constraints on plant and microbial biomass.
This study, performed in east central Indiana, examined floristic quality in a natural old-field succession chronosequence.
Subalpine forest succession differs from old-field succession in that propagules of most subalpine tree species do not survive crown fires, and complete species turnover during succession is very slow, often exceeding the return interval for major disturbance.
Woody plant establishment during old-field succession is highly variable, both in space and time (Bard, 1952; Buell et al., 1971; Myster, 1993; Hill et al., 1995).