food web


Definition of food web

: the totality of interacting food chains in an ecological community

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The warmer waters can weaken the food web that sustain the salmon and bring predators of young salmon, including seabirds, closer to shore, further reducing their abundance. Gene Johnson,, "Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast," 5 Sep. 2019 With less upwelling, the algae blooms that normally feed other prey species like krill and plankton were lacking, which in turn affects the food web. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Poor Farallon Islands bird breeding season prompts alarm," 2 Sep. 2019 In the past four years, Steffan and his colleagues, including Dharampal, havepublished a series of papers laying out their evidence that microbes are an important part of a variety of food webs, including those that involve bees. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Surprise: Bees Need Meat," 23 Aug. 2019 Organics work because the soil food web, and ultimately the microbes plants attract to their roots, eat these organics and hold the nutrients in them. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Feed your garden beds now so they’ll be ready for spring," 22 Aug. 2019 Some experts have cautioned that inducing phytoplankton blooms could lead to unintended consequences for marine ecosystems, either by inadvertently triggering toxic algae blooms or by altering marine food webs in unexpected ways. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Humans May Be Accidentally Geoengineering the Oceans," 15 July 2019 The authors note that populations of small water fleas in the genus Daphnia, an important species in the lake food web, have declined precipitously since use of DDT began. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Decades After DDT Was Banned, It Still Impacts Canadian Lakes," 15 June 2019 Something was stripping a basic building block in the food web every other year. Dan Joling,, "Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific," 11 Aug. 2019 This can devastate more insects across the food web than nectar contaminated with insecticides could, the team says, because honeydew is more abundant, especially in agricultural fields. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "This tiny insect could be delivering toxic pesticides to honey bees and other beneficial bugs," 5 Aug. 2019

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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