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abiotic

[¦a‚bī′äd·ik]
(biology)
Referring to the absence of living organisms.
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and (3) plants abiotically dispersed, whose seeds are disseminated by wind, water or autochorically dispersed (Nunez-Iturri et al.
For the Pollination Mode trait, slightly over half of the species were biotically pollinated, roughly one-third were abiotically pollinated, and approximately 15-20% were ferns or fern allies, which do not have flowers.
They will not refill abiotically like some crackpots contend.
He added that the reactions that produce oil and gas abiotically inside the crust could occur in the mantle, meaning life may be thriving deeper yet.
Abiotically treated HDPE samples exposed to fungal stains showed greater reduction in tensile strength, breaking load and percentage of elongation compared to untreated HDPE (Fig 2, Fig 3 and Fig 4).
The remaining 10% was fixed abiotically, primarily by lightning [1, 2, 3].
However, recognition of these crystals as biosignatures requires careful assessment in order to differentiate them from abiotically produced crystals (Kopp and Kirshvink 2008).
Sulphate reducers produce sulphide which can abiotically react with the anode yielding two electron and sulphur (Habermann and Pommer 1991; Cooney et al.
Kinetic studies on the chemical reactions and their constraints on the availability of electron donors (particularly hydrogen) would provide further information on the competition between abiotically and biologically-driven processes in this dynamic environment.
Jim Puder writes "In her article 'Vowel Patterns in the OED' in May, Susan Thorpe used ABIOTICALLY as her exemplar for the palindromical vowel pattern aioia.
Thiotaurine may be produced abiotically in host tissues, in which case host enzymatic pathways may not be necessary.