biotic community

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An assemblage of species living in a particular biotope.
Synonym(s): biotic community
[bio- + G. koinos, common]


A group of interdependent organisms living in a particular ecosystem under uniform environmental conditions.

biotic community

all the organisms living on and contributing to a specific region (a BIOTA).


1. pertaining to life or living organisms.
2. pertaining to the biota.

biotic community
the assemblage of living things, including animals, plants and bacteria, which inhabit a specific biotope.
biotic potential
the theoretical reproductive potential of a population when unimpeded by the environment.
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By reflecting on energy not simply in technological or utilitarian terms, but, as these authors propose, in a more holistic manner--as a matter of relationship with both the biotic community, as Aldo Leopold suggests, and the larger reality of the cosmos, as proposed by Thomas Berry--we might be able to engage sustainable energy sources in new and fecund way.
The third biome, Sotol-Grass, consists of a single biotic community by the same name.
The Woodland biome also consists of a single biotic community.
Grama-Bluestem association represents the grassy extents of the Pinyon-Juniper-Oak biotic community.
The system is acutely dynamic, and future structural modifications of the inlet may lead to additional and unexpected habitat and biotic community impacts in the region.
This biotic community is interspersed with saline fiats, marshes, shallow bays, and unique dunes of wind-blown clay known as lomas.
The Mid-Delta Thorn Forest, a biotic community that once covered much of the delta, is a hunting ground for this nocturnal species.
Resacas, complemented by dense bottomland hardwood forests, are characteristic of the Mid-Valley Riparian Woodlands biotic community.
In a letter to the EP, about 50 leading US environmental, consumer and social justice campaigners said that the EP's ruling "makes the entire biotic community, including human beings, into nothing more than resources over which pharmaceutical and agricultural corporations may vie for ultimate control.
Says Joseph Mendelson III, legal director of the US-based International Center for Technology Assessment: "We are now in the midst of a massive attempt by patent seekers to divide up the entire biotic community for private interest.
For a theoretical approach to environmental ethics, we might first turn to Leopold's The Land Ethic, where he writes, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.
In the abstract, it is fine to suppose that once a land ethic permeated the country, it would be "eminently practicable, since, by reference to a single good, competing individual claims may be adjudicated and relative values and priorities assigned to the myriad components of the biotic community.