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abiotic

[¦a‚bī′äd·ik]
(biology)
Referring to the absence of living organisms.
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Ecological research at the ecosystem level looks at the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and their interaction, with a particular focus on functional processes, and ecological mechanisms that maintain the structure and services produced by natural and androgenic ecosystems.
By drawing attention to the value of society's understanding of the processes responsible for landscape development as it contributes to an aesthetic appreciation of nature, as well as for practical applications such as mitigating geohazards, this term provides a useful overture to encourage public awareness of the origin, evolution and significance of the abiotic components of our planet.
Differences in the responses of dominant salt marsh species to the invasion can be influenced by many other factors than abiotic components of habitats.