The chronological sequence of vegetation and associated animals in an area; or, continuous colonization, extinction, and replacement of species' populations at a particular site, due either to environmental changes or to the intrinsic properties of the plants and animals. [Go to source
The sequential replacement of one population assemblage by another in a habitat following some disturbance. Succession sometimes ends in a relatively stable ecosystem. Ecology [Gr. oikos: house + logos: discourse, study] • The scientific study of the interaction of organisms with their environment, including both the physical environment and the other organisms that live in it.
The progression of plant life and attendant animal life in a given geographic location, from pioneer plant to climax community.
Process of gradual and orderly progression from one ecological community to another.
An ecosystem's gradual evolution to a stable state. If, through the ability of its populations and elements, an ecosystem can absorb changes, it tends to persist and become stable through time.
(ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established
The process by which organisms occupy a site and gradually change environmental conditions so that other species can replace the original inhabitants.
The process in which the community of organisms changes over time as an unoccupied habitat progresses towards a stable community.
the gradual process by which species composition of an ecosystem change.
The gradual change of plant and animal communities over time.
Stages of natural vegetation cover, from bare land to climax vegetation.
n: Process in which communities of plant and animal species in a particular area are replaced over time by a series of different and often more complex communities.
Ecological succession, a fundamental concept in ecology, refers to more-or-less predictable and orderly changes in the composition or structure of an ecological community. Succession may be initiated either by formation of new, unoccupied habitat (e.g., a lava flow or a severe landslide) or by some form of disturbance (e.g. fire, severe windthrow, logging) of an existing community. The former case is often referred to as primary succession, the latter as secondary succession.