Ecology. a system, or a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment: Aquatic ecosystems differ radically from their terrestrial counterparts.
any system or network of interconnecting and interacting parts, as in a business: The success of Apple’s ecosystem depends on hardware/software integration.Manufacturers, retailers, and customers are all part of the automotive industry’s ecosystem.
The word ecosystem refers to all of the organisms and physical conditions within a certain space, interacting with each other to form a complex, balanced web of relationships. It can be of any size: The 3,000-acre marsh is a finely balanced wetland ecosystem. Each aquarium houses a complete ecosystem of rocks and sand, aquatic plants, fish, and other creatures. The largest known ecosystem of all is the biosphere, consisting of the whole earth and all its living inhabitants.
ecology is different from all the other words here: like them, it can mean the web of relationships operating within a particular ecosystem, as in a grassland ecology, but more often refers broadly to relationships between organisms and their environments in general, or to the science that studies these relationships.
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How to use ecosystem in a sentence
These things need to be done within a broader ecosystem, not just within a country but across the globe.‘Work to your strength’: Huawei’s CTO weighs in on U.S. efforts to build a Huawei alternative | Veta Chan | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
That burgeoning battleground “looks like what we saw in the early ’90s with the beginning of the cable ecosystem,” said one media executive.‘We’re still in the wild west’: Free, ad-supported streaming TV war heats up with Amazon, Pluto TV updates | Tim Peterson | August 19, 2020 | Digiday
Yet “parasites are so incredibly diverse” and influence a host species so much they can essentially “run ecosystems,” he says.How two new fungus species got named after the COVID-19 pandemic | Susan Milius | August 17, 2020 | Science News
A digital ecosystem that does not rely on third-party cookies is approaching — with Google’s Chrome deadline for retiring third-party cookies looming and iOS 14 on its way.Over a third of publishers won’t have an identity solution that will continue to work post-cookies | LiveRamp | August 17, 2020 | Digiday
That complexity highlights the task ahead for researchers trying to anticipate changes across ocean ecosystems as the waters warm, says Lewis Barnett, a Seattle-based NOAA fish biologist, who was not involved in the study.Species may swim thousands of kilometers to escape ocean heat waves | Carolyn Gramling | August 10, 2020 | Science News
From the looks of it, mistletoe is a keystone species and plays a crucial role in that forest ecosystem.
Experts generally consider known mortality to represent about half of actual grizzly bear deaths for the ecosystem.
Bats are crucial to the ecosystem, performing extremely valuable jobs like pollination and insect control.
Even in the most sophisticated echelons of the media ecosystem, the fix was in.
Over the next decade, the RETs wreaked havoc on the ecosystem, eating ducklings, small water birds, and other amphibians.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis | Alex Suskind | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Familiarity with the biological components of an ecosystem is essential to meaningful radiobiological assessment.Atoms, Nature, and Man | Neal O. Hines
Often little or no data are available to indicate the previous state of the ecosystem or the rate of degradation.
In some areas, nomads moving to less arid areas disrupt the local ecosystem and increase the rate of erosion of the land.
In these marginal areas, human activity may stress the ecosystem beyond its tolerance limit, resulting in degradation of the land.
British Dictionary definitions for ecosystem
ecology a system involving the interactions between a community of living organisms in a particular area and its nonliving environment
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Scientific definitions for ecosystem
A community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships and including such processes as the flow of energy through trophic levels and the cycling of chemical elements and compounds through living and nonliving components of the system.
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Cultural definitions for ecosystem
A collection of living things and the environment in which they live. For example, a prairie ecosystem includes coyotes, the rabbits on which they feed, and the grasses that feed the rabbits.
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