What does ecosystem mean?

Definitions for ecosystem
ˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təm, ˈi koʊ-ecosys·tem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecosystemnoun

    a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment

Wiktionary

  1. ecosystemnoun

    A system formed by an ecological community and its environment that functions as a unit.

  2. ecosystemnoun

    The interconnectedness of organisms (plants, animals, microbes) with each other and their environment.

  3. ecosystemnoun

    A set of interconnected products and services.

Wikipedia

  1. Ecosystem

    An ecosystem (or ecological system) consists of all the organisms and the physical environment with which they interact.: 458  These biotic and abiotic components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. Energy enters the system through photosynthesis and is incorporated into plant tissue. By feeding on plants and on one another, animals play an important role in the movement of matter and energy through the system. They also influence the quantity of plant and microbial biomass present. By breaking down dead organic matter, decomposers release carbon back to the atmosphere and facilitate nutrient cycling by converting nutrients stored in dead biomass back to a form that can be readily used by plants and microbes. Ecosystems are controlled by external and internal factors. External factors such as climate, parent material which forms the soil and topography, control the overall structure of an ecosystem but are not themselves influenced by the ecosystem. Internal factors are controlled, for example, by decomposition, root competition, shading, disturbance, succession, and the types of species present. While the resource inputs are generally controlled by external processes, the availability of these resources within the ecosystem is controlled by internal factors. Therefore, internal factors not only control ecosystem processes but are also controlled by them. Ecosystems are dynamic entities—they are subject to periodic disturbances and are always in the process of recovering from some past disturbance. The tendency of an ecosystem to remain close to its equilibrium state, despite that disturbance, is termed its resistance. The capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and feedbacks is termed its ecological resilience. Ecosystems can be studied through a variety of approaches—theoretical studies, studies monitoring specific ecosystems over long periods of time, those that look at differences between ecosystems to elucidate how they work and direct manipulative experimentation. Biomes are general classes or categories of ecosystems. However, there is no clear distinction between biomes and ecosystems. Ecosystem classifications are specific kinds of ecological classifications that consider all four elements of the definition of ecosystems: a biotic component, an abiotic complex, the interactions between and within them, and the physical space they occupy. Ecosystems provide a variety of goods and services upon which people depend. Ecosystem goods include the "tangible, material products" of ecosystem processes such as water, food, fuel, construction material, and medicinal plants. Ecosystem services, on the other hand, are generally "improvements in the condition or location of things of value". These include things like the maintenance of hydrological cycles, cleaning air and water, the maintenance of oxygen in the atmosphere, crop pollination and even things like beauty, inspiration and opportunities for research. Many ecosystems become degraded through human impacts, such as soil loss, air and water pollution, habitat fragmentation, water diversion, fire suppression, and introduced species and invasive species. These threats can lead to abrupt transformation of the ecosystem or to gradual disruption of biotic processes and degradation of abiotic conditions of the ecosystem. Once the original ecosystem has lost its defining features, it is considered "collapsed". Ecosystem restoration can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  1. ecosystem

    An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These components include air, water, soil, sunlight, and all living things including plants, animals, and microorganisms. This interconnected network works together through nutrient cycles and energy flows, maintaining balance and supporting life.

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  1. Ecosystem

    An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can come in any size but usually encompass specific, limited spaces. Energy, water, nitrogen and soil minerals are other essential abiotic components of an ecosystem. The energy that flows through ecosystems is obtained primarily from the sun. It generally enters the system through photosynthesis, a process that also captures carbon from the atmosphere. By feeding on plants and on one another, animals play an important role in the movement of matter and energy through the system. They also influence the quantity of plant and microbial biomass present. By breaking down dead organic matter, decomposers release carbon back to the atmosphere and facilitate nutrient cycling by converting nutrients stored in dead biomass back to a form that can be readily used by plants and other microbes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ecosystem

    A functional system which includes the organisms of a natural community together with their environment. (McGraw Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. ecosystem

    A system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment.

    Each river has its ecosystem which is vital to the rivers present and future.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ecosystem in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ecosystem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ecosystem in a Sentence

  1. Brad Rippey:

    As nice as it feels to have temperatures in the 70s and 80s this time of year, the fact that it’s not ‘normal’ can have a profound impact on the ecosystem, even a typical spring freeze can damage commercial and back-yard fruit crops that have been pushed into blooming by late-winter warmth.

  2. Bill Gates:

    With greater support for innovation, we can unlock new opportunities and spur change across the global ecosystem.

  3. Schan Duff:

    A national identity program here would provide the foundation for the growth of a robust financial services ecosystem.

  4. Ken Pilot:

    When they were great, there just wasn't the ecosystem of smaller, niche players, gap was competing against department stores and killing them.

  5. Ken Hu:

    We've seen the damaging effect on many of the companies, including Huawei, from the trade war, as the technology industry, we heavily rely on the global supply chain and the global innovation ecosystem, so we are probably suffering the most right now.

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  • Mpho Edwin
    Mpho Edwin
    ecosystem is an interaction of living things and non living.
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