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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713593.001.0001

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Biotics: Competition, Herbivory, Predation, Parasitism and Symbiosis

Biotics: Competition, Herbivory, Predation, Parasitism and Symbiosis

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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds

Christer Brönmark

Lars-Anders Hansson

Oxford University Press

If biological interactions, such as competition and predation, have any effect on population dynamics, or if abiotic factors alone determine which organisms, how many of them do we see in a specific ecosystem, was for long a controversial question. This chapter aims at providing the basis for the understanding of biological interactions, as well as showing ample examples of how important those interactions are in shaping both population dynamics and ecosystem function of natural systems. In addition to the many examples, the reader is introduced to the history and the theoretical basis for biological interactions.

Keywords:   Competition, Predation, Symbiosis, Herbivory, Parasite, Defence, Adaptation, population dynamics, biological interaction, ecosystem function

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