In biology and ecology, a resource is a substance or object in the environment required by an organism for normal growth, maintenance, and reproduction. Resources can be consumed by one organism and, as a result, become unavailable to another organism. For plants key resources are light, nutrients, water, and place to grow. For animals key resources are food, water, and territory.
Key resources for plants [ edit ]
Key resources for animals [ edit ]
Resources and ecological processes [ edit ]
Resource availability plays a central role in ecological processes:
See also [ edit ]
- Abiotic component
- Biotic component
- Community ecology
- Population ecology
- Plant ecology
- size-asymmetric competition
References [ edit ]
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- Ricklefs, R.E. 2005. The Economy of Nature, 6th edition. WH Freeman, USA.
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- Craine, J.M. 2009. Resource strategies in wild plants. Princeton University Press, Princeton.
- Smith, T.M., and R.L. Smith. 2008. Elements of ecology, 7th ed. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.