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The living organisms of a region or habitat: soil biota; the biota of Australia.

[New Latin, from Greek biotē, way of life, from bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]


(Biology) the plant and animal life of a particular region or period
[C20: from New Latin, from Greek biotē way of life, from bios life]


(baɪˈoʊ tə)

the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.
[1901; < Greek biotḗ life, akin to bíos; see bio-]


the animal or plant life of a particular region.
See also: Animals, Plants
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.biota - all the plant and animal life of a particular region
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
fauna, zoology - all the animal life in a particular region or period; "the fauna of China"; "the zoology of the Pliocene epoch"
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
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The newly found biota was discovered in layers of rock just below the Jehol Biota, 130-million-year-old famous fossil collection from China's western Liaoning Province and its nearby areas.
The Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum dated 20 September 2012 (SEM), explains that Biota's 10 day VWAP, converted into United States dollars (US$), is to be used to calculate the exchange ratio of Nabi shares to be received for Biota shares and also to determine the percentage of the merged group, Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
He said the information was useful for Biota Holdings Ltd, which has its drug in phase two trials, but would also be published for the use of scientists worldwide.
An important problem was to determine the relationship between exposure dose rates of Lake Druksiai biota resulting from natural and technogenic radionuclides.
La Southwestern Association of Naturalists ha establecido premios que reconocen contribuciones sobresalientes al entendimiento de la biota del suroeste de los Estados Unidos, Mexico y Centroamerica, y para la Asociacion.
Speaking to the AA in a meeting held in Baku to introduce Biota Laboratory's services, Biota's Marketing Manager Ahmet Atci said that they sold products in 35 countries around the globe.
Biota this week announced successful results from late-stage trials in Asia for its flu treatment laninamivir, which showed it was as safe and effective as the drug Tamiflu, which governments have been stockpiling to fight swine flu and bird flu.
Biota Holdings today said the Canadian government will increase the overall stockpile of antivirals to 55 million courses, and increase the proportion of the company's flu medication, Relenza (zanamivir), to 5.
Meticulous, highly readable coverage explains the difference between hot springs and geysers and details the types of biota that survive in superheated water and give it color.
In late 2004, BIOTA began packaging its mountain spring water in a certified biodegradable plastic bottle.
As CEO and founder of BIOTA (which stands for "Blame It On The Altitude"), he's behind the first beverage maker to use a corn-based plastic developed by Dow Chemical and Cargill.
MELBOURNE, Australia, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Biota Holdings Limited (ASX: BTA) announced today its Particulars of Loss and Damage in its suit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for failing to support Biota's influenza drug, Relenza.