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Animal and plant life characterizing a given region.
Flora and fauna, collectively.


Collectively, the plants, micro-organisms, and animals of a region.



a historically composed aggregate of plants and animals, united by a common area. As opposed to a biocenosis, the species composing a biota do not necessarily have to be linked ecologically (for instance, the kangaroo and the lungfish Ceratodus, both components of the Australian fauna). However, in many cases the identical aggregate of organisms can be viewed as both a biota (from the point of view of biogeography) and as a biocenosis (from the point of view of ecology).


Bobrinskii, N. A. Geografiia zhivotnykh. Moscow, 1951.
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Tinkle Research Excellence Award--Presented to an individual who, in the past 10 years, has made a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of the biota ofthe southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America through scientific articles and books.
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Biota this week announced successful results from late-stage trials in Asia for its flu treatment laninamivir, which showed it was as safe and effective as the drug Tamiflu, which governments have been stockpiling to fight swine flu and bird flu.
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The safety and efficacy of a single dose of the inhaled medicine was "statistically indistinguishable" from a twice-a-day dose of Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu taken for five days, said Melbourne-based Biota Holdings Ltd.
Husky developed a 24-drop hot-runner system in a project with bottle maker Biota Brands of America Inc.
Today, PLA bottles, which are suitable for non-carbonated beverages, are being used by brands such as Biota Water, Naturally Iowa Dairy and Noble Juice.