Dictionary > Synecology

Synecology

Definition
noun
A subfield of ecology concerned with the relations between groups of organisms or coexisting biological communities
Supplement
Ecology is a branch of biology that deals with the distribution, abundance and interactions of living organisms at the level of communities, populations, and ecosystems, as well as at the global scale. It has different subfields. One of them is synecology. Synecology is a subfield of ecology concerned with the relations between groups of organisms or coexisting biological communities. It encompasses distribution, abundance, demography and interactions between coexisting groups of organisms. For instance, interspecific interactions (e.g. predation) are dealt with in synecology.
In ecology, a community refers to an ecological unit composed of a group of organisms or a population of different species occupying a particular area, usually interacting with each other and their environment. Synecology is focused at understanding the interactions of groups of organisms or species within a community. It studies the distribution, structure, demography, and abundance of these organisms coexisting in a community. For instance, it may look into the symbiotic relationships occurring in a community such as competition, mutualism, commensalism, and predator-prey population dynamics.
Word origin: Greek sýn (with, together with) + ecology
Synonym(s):

  • community ecology

Compare:

  • autecology
  • See also:


    You will also like...

    river
    Running Water Freshwater Communities

    This tutorial introduces flowing water communities, which bring new and dithering factors into the equation for possible..

    Crossing Over and Genetic Diversity
    Inheritance and Probability

    Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, is most famous in this field for his study of the phenotype of pea plants, including ..

    Cell Biology
    Cell Biology

    The cell is defined as the fundamental, functional unit of life. Some organisms are comprised of only one cell whereas o..

    Ecosystem Succession
    Ecosystem Succession

    If the balance of nature is left untouched, landscapes can change dramatically over time. A previous ecosystem is supers..

    Chemical composition of the body
    Chemical Composition of the Body

    The body is comprised of different elements with hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen as the major four. This tutorial..

    Growth and Plant Hormones
    Growth and Plant Hormones

    Plants, like animals, produce hormones to regulate plant activities, including growth. They need these hormones to respo..

    Related Articles...

    No related articles found

    See all Related Topics