food web


Definition of food web 

: the totality of interacting food chains in an ecological community

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The shift Gayor and her team observed could have far-ranging consequences for mammals’ fitness, the food web, and even their evolution, according to the study. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Humans Are Turning Mammals More Nocturnal," 14 June 2018 In the case of the Polynesian islands, higher nitrogen isotopes usually correlated with marine food sources, because the marine food web has a longer chain of predators eating other predators. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments," 7 June 2018 Their presence is a sure sign your backyard food web is intact, offering a mixed array of plants and, as a result, a multitude of the insects that woodpeckers love to feed on. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Woodpeckers To Your Yard (And Why You'd Want To)," 13 June 2017 An increase in nocturnality among certain species may also have far-reaching consequences for ecosystems, reshaping species interactions and cascading through food webs. Kaitlyn Gaynor, CNN, "To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift," 14 June 2018 Changes in phytoplankton populations affect the marine food web since phytoplankton are eaten by many animal species big and small. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Stepping Into the Twilight Zone," 19 June 2018 Besides being a nuisance to commercial anglers, scientists are concerned about the impact the pyrosomes will have on the oceanic food web. Ted Sickinger,, "Police looking for shooter after one injured in Keizer," 22 Apr. 2018 Get that soil food web working even before the plant goes into the ground. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s just about time for Alaska gardeners to put plants in the ground. Here’s what to do now to get ready.," 25 May 2018 The study findings suggest toxic contaminants are entering the food web of the greater Puget Sound, especially along shorelines nearest Seattle and other urban areas. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Mussels in Washington's Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs," 25 May 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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