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guild

, gild
1. (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
2. Ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics

Guild

A group of species that utilize the same kinds of resources, such as food, nesting sites, or places to live, in a similar manner. Emphasis is on ecologically associated groups that are most likely to compete because of similarity in ecological niches, even though species can be taxonomically unrelated. The term was derived from the guild in human society composed of people engaged in an activity or trade held in common.

The guild concept focuses attention on the ways in which ecologically related species differ enough to permit coexistence, or avoid competitive displacement. For example, new places to live for some plants are provided by badger mounds in dense tall-grass prairie vegetation.

The guild is also commonly used as the smallest unit in an ecosystem in studies relating to environmental impact, wildlife management, and habitat classification. A representative species of a guild may be selected for study involving the uncertain assumption that environmental impact will influence this species in the same way as other guild members. See Ecosystem

guild

an association of craft workers, especially in preindustrial societies, formed to provide mutual aid and to control craft standards and entry into the trade (a form of SOCIAL CLOSURE). Compare PROFESSION, TRADE UNION.

guild

[gild]
(ecology)
A group of species that utilize the same kinds of resources, such as food, nesting sites, or places to live, in a similar manner.
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The Guild of Professional Estate Agents ensures that members and staff are regularly trained and fully qualified in estate agency practice and customer service, under The Guild Associate Scheme.