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What does Ecology mean and what is the difference between Population and Community?
Question Date: 2005-02-23
Answer 1:

Ecology is a branch of Biology that studies the interrelationships between organisms (plants, animals) and their environment.

The word comes from the Greek word oikos which means "house."

A Population is group of organisms of the SAME species living in the same area at the same time and sharing a common gene pool. This group is potentially able to interbreed with one another.

In ecology, the term Community refers to the populations of animals and plants that live within a specific region under similar environmental conditions. These populations of plants and animals live and interact with one another and their environment. Between Humans, the term Community generally refers to a group of people living in the same locality or sharing some common characteristics (i.e. ethnic, cultural or religious).

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