abiotic environment

abiotic environment

[¦a‚bī′äd·ik in′vī·rən‚mənt]
(ecology)
All physical and nonliving chemical factors, such as soil, water, and atmosphere, which influence living organisms.
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Moreover, the variation of the effects of the abiotic environment on the growth and breed of the organisms are quite important because the species is affected by the variations in the distribution (Futuyma, 1998; Sinclair et al.
The association between man, animal and biotic and (or) abiotic environment is multidimensional.
existence one should include the ability of the population to occupy favorable microsites for its existence, the conditions of which are determined by the climatic factor, abiotic environment and interspecific relationship dynamics.
They underline the influence of both proximate and ultimate factors on ant colony structure, and they discuss the ecological consequences of colony structure on different levels of the ecosystem, from the colony itself to the abiotic environment.
in the case of hypertrophy (Zalewski, 2000), because the abiotic environment is so drastically changed that the biotic structure is highly degraded, thus losing its potential to regulate hydrological processes e.
Most studies of aquatic invasive macrophytes focus on how environmental conditions facilitate invasion, but relatively few studies examine how changes in macrophyte abundance affect the abiotic environment (Rai and Munshi, 1979; Carpenter and Lodge, 1986; Caraco and Cole, 2002; Veitch et al.
Others have also observed a continuous increase in amount of carbonyl compounds with exposure in an abiotic environment as against a decrease in the biotically aged samples [28, 29, 2, 30] also observed that the amount of carbonyl groups decreased with prolonged exposure to a biotic environment.
Topics on the abiotic environment include a habitat-based approach to catchment assessment and sustainable development, seasonal surface water quality, and phosphorus and eutrophication of a temperate lake and a shallow freshwater lake; those on biotic environments included the impact of eutrophication or a tropic reservoir, invasive aquatic weeds, tropic evolution and nutrient dynamics, invertebrate predation and other factors controlling a plankton community, and eutrophication and fish; those on restoration cover a range of lakes from around the world, including those in subtropical, tropical, tropical urban, and hypereutrophic lake set in China.
Even the abiotic environment can directly contribute to an ant colony's decision making.
Plant ecologists often attempt to make broad, sweeping generalizations regarding the relationships between life history features and various components of the abiotic environment (e.
the values) of its denizens, and - the factor most often omitted - the biotic and abiotic environment in which it is embedded.