Glossary of ecology

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This is a list of ecology topics. It relates to the science of ecology which is the study of the interactions between various species and their natural environment.

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  • k-selected species - a species that forms a group of strong competitors in a crowded environment and that has fewer but stronger offspring
  • kelp
  • keystone species - keystone species is a species that has a disproportionate effect on its environment relative to its abundance. Such species affect many other organisms in an ecosystem and help to determine the types and numbers of various others species in a community.

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  • quadrat (or "quad") - a rectangular plot of land extensively studied for its ecology

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  • yellow rain - a powdery, poisonous, yellow substance reported dropping from the air in southeast Asia and found to be the excrement of wild honeybees contaminated by a fungal toxin

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