Biological Energy - Science Language
A reference to the amount of organisms that are able to live in a certain area of the environment.
A form of energy that is stored in fuels, food, and other chemicals.
A type of ecological relationship in which two or more organisms attempt to use the same resource.
An organism that gets its energy by eating other organisms, also called a heterotroph.
An organism in the food web that breaks down substances back into their basic chemical building blocks and puts them back in usable form into the environment.
The paths that energy from the sun goes through from plants to animals.
The process of converting energy from one form to another. An example is sunlight being used by a plant and changing to sugars.
Everything in an organism's surroundings. This includes living things (the biotic part of the environment) as well as the non-living things (the abiotic part of the environment).
When a species no longer is in existence.
A representation showing the path of energy transfer within an ecosystem.
A representation showing how energy moves through an ecosystem in a complex network of feeding relationships.
The energy found in moving objects.
A type of ecological relationship that benefits all of the organisms involved.
A type of ecological relationship in which one organism lives on or in another organism. The organism that lives on another organism absorbs nutrients from it.
A chemical reaction that occurs in plants. Using light energy, plants change carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) to sugar (C6H12O6) and oxygen (O2). The reaction is written as:
A type of ecological relationship in which one organism that kills and eats another organism.
A type of ecological relationship in which this organism is killed and eaten by a predator.
An organism that can make its own food from the sun's energy. It may also be called an autotroph. Generally such organisms are plants.
The process of using oxygen (O2) to break down sugar (C6H12O6) into carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). This reaction is the opposite of photosynthesis. Instead of using energy, energy is given off. The reaction is usually written as:
Energy from the sun.