biocoenosis

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biocoenosis

, biocenosis
a diverse community inhabiting a single biotope
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biocoenosis

[‚bī·ō·sə′nō·səs]
(ecology)
A group of organisms that live closely together and form a natural ecologic unit.
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Functionally speaking, diversity is reflected by the variety of niches and functional subunits of biocoenoses: tropho-dynamic modules, guilds, trophy levels etc.
Overall, the dynamics of natural systems is described by two theories: the theory of succession cycles (Botnariuc and Vadineanu, 1982) distinguishes a primary succession, consisting of the initial installment of a biocoenose where no other biocoenoses existed, or it was completely destroyed naturally (i.e., volcanoes) or anthropically, and secondary succession, meaning a long term (hundreds of years--Vadineanu, 1998) replacement of a biocoenose by another, due to slow changes of the biotope as a result of the activity of the first one.