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What causes competition in an ecosystem apex?

What causes competition in an ecosystem apex?

Explanation: Organisms compete for the resources they need to survive- air, water, food, and space. In areas where these are sufficient, organisms live in comfortable co-existence, and in areas where resources are abundant, the ecosystem boasts high species richness (diversity).

What is competition and why does it occur?

Competition is a negative interaction that occurs among organisms whenever two or more organisms require the same limited resource. All organisms require resources to grow, reproduce, and survive.

How does competition affect the survival of an ecosystem?

Like a chain reaction, all other animals that depend on the plant-eating animals will also find it difficult to survive. As you have learned, competition also affects the individuals and populations in an ecosystem. One way that species reduce competition is by occupying a specific niche.

How does interference competition occur in an ecosystem?

A resource might not necessarily be very limited for interference competition to occur. An individual might be territorial, fighting or defending a space, or it might fight for a specific resource such as food, water, space or a mate. Although plants are generally considered passive, some can practice interference competition.

How does environmental factors affect competition for resources?

Environmental factors affect competition for resources. Competition for resources affects an organism’s ability to survive, grow, and reproduce. For example, the gray fox can live in many places across the United States. However, if resources are limited, the fox’s ability to grow is affected.

When does competition for resources occur between organisms?

When competition for resources occurs between organisms of different species, it is called interspecific competition. The more similar the resource needs of two species, the greater the competition between them.