Ecology - BIO 109 Plants in the World Instructor Hollister...

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BIO 109 Plants in the World – Instructor Hollister Lectures 27 Plant Ecology Study Questions 1. What is ecology? a. Ecology is the branch of biology which deals with the relation of living things with their environmenet and to each other 2. What levels of organization does ecology generally encompass? a. Organisms, population, community, ecosystem, biome, biosphere (earth). 3. What is a population? a. A group of interbreeding or potentially interbreeding individuals who occupy the same space EX; spruce trees at grand valley 4. What is an ecological response curve? How does it relate to a species niche? 5. What happens if a factor lies beyond a species tolerance range? 6. What is a species niche? Why might it be important to examine multiple dimensions of a niche? a. A niche is the range in conditions in which an organism can live. b. No two species have the same niche 7. What is the difference between a species fundamental and realized niche? Which one is always bigger? Why is the other smaller? a. Fundamental niche: where niche could be b. Realized niche: where the specie actually lives c. Bigger: Fundamental d. Smaller: Realized 8. What is a community? How is it different from an ecosystem? a.
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