Q&A: How do biotic and abiotic affect an ecosystem?
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Question by HelenaRose: How do biotic and abiotic affect an ecosystem?
How do biotic and abiotic factors affect the health and carrying capacity of an ecosystem?
Answer by Niotulove
Carrying capacity is the maximum population of a given species that a particular habitat can sustain indefinitely without degrading the habitat. Keep in mind that no population can increase its size indefinitely. Populations grow rapidly with ample resources, but as resources become limited, its growth rate slows and levels off and the population size stabilizes at or near the carrying capacity. Why? Environmental resistance. Depending on resource availability, the size of a population often fluctuates around its carrying capacity, although a population may temporarily exceed its carrying capacity and suffer a sharp decline or crash in its numbers.
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