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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Here Wu evokes two widely-employed ecological metaphors: the use of plant ecologist Frederic Edward Clements's "climax community" underscores the equilibrium state of a biotic community in its entirety and the adoption of meteorologist Edward Lorenz's "Butterfly Effect" warns of widespread consequences of a small event.
Different authors mention a number of additional properties and attributes of a climax community [4, 5, 6].
The highest and the lowest SOC contents were in the climax community stage (Cs;-150 years) and the abandoned farmland stage (Afs; 3-5 years).