food web


Definition of food web

: the totality of interacting food chains in an ecological community

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And the death of an orca isn't the end of the cycle: a dead orca calf, sinking to the ocean bed where its carcass is scavenged, releases those PCBs back into the food web. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 If other animals weren’t eating all those jellyfish, then all that organic matter was being lost from the food web. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 Some populations specialize in feeding on predators high in the food web, like seals, sharks, and tuna. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 A few hundred million years later, algae would start to multiply, and start to form the beginning of a food web that would eventually lead to the evolution of animals. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "The Earth's Oldest Color is Bright Pink​," 14 July 2018 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

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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