Vocabulary

Biodiversity

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

  • CATALYST: something that precipitates a process or event
  • COMMUNITY: an integrated group of species inhabiting a given area that influences one another's distribution, abundance and evolution
  • CULTURE: (to culture) to cultivate a growth of microorganisms
  • DECOMPOSE: to separate or break apart into component parts
  • ECOSYSTEM: the living members of a particular habitat interacting together along with the non-living physical environment such as soil, rocks, water, heat, and light
  • EVOLVE: to change physically or behaviorally through successive generations until a new species develops
  • FOSSILS: remnants or traces of organisms from a past geologic age
  • METABOLISM: chemical reactions that occur within cells and organisms
  • NICHE: the functional position of an organism in its environment
  • ORGANISM: a living body made up of separate parts which work together to carry on the various processes of life
  • PHOTOSYNTHESIS: production of organic compounds from carbon dioxide and water by using light energy captured by chlorophyll and other pigments
  • PROTOZOANS: free-living, single-celled microorganisms that are not plants or animals