Ecology is the study of a community of biota, including the interactions with abiotic factors such as soils, water, and meteorological factors. The field of ecology addresses interactions of plants and animals including feeding behavior, selection of nesting or denning sites and competition among species. Time changes are particularly important, such as landscape changes arising from plant succession. Conservation of habitats is analyzed in order to determine the viability of not only individual species, but of the entire assemblage of flora, fauna and micro-organisms in a given ecosystem.
A virus is a microscopic organism that can replicate only inside the cells of a host organism. Most viruses are so tiny they are only observable with at least a conventional...
Biodiversity GlossaryLast Updated on 2013-05-20 at 04:41
A biodiversity glossary is presented herein, to aid in understanding the many facets of a topic important to scientists, policy makers and the public.... More »
Eastern Miombo woodlandsLast Updated on 2013-05-20 at 03:31
Confined to the lower elevations of the Central African Plateau, the Eastern Miombo woodland ecoregion ranges from southern Tanzania to northern Mozambique and... More »
Ecoregions of PanamaLast Updated on 2013-05-20 at 02:30
The Ecoregions of Panama are shaped by the jagged elongated geometry of the country, its varied terrain within Mesoamerica and its tropical climate. This key land bridge... More »
Registan-North Pakistan sandy desertLast Updated on 2013-05-19 at 20:50
The Registan-North Pakistan sandy desert is an ecoregion spanning southern Afghanistan; the extreme eastern portion of Iran; part of northwest Pakistan, covering a total land... More »
Baltic SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-15 at 22:50
The Baltic Sea is situated between Scandinavia and mainland Europe, and extends into the North Sea. The sea is split into several smaller basins termed the Gulf of... More »
South China SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 17:00
The South China Sea is a critical world trade route and a potential source of... More »