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The Effects Of Pesticides On The Ecosystem Of Agricultural Organisms

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Jolly, David. "Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, European Group Says." The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 Apr. 2015. Web. 18 Apr. 2015. Class Connections: I understood this article because I learned in the Experimental Design and Ecology unit that an ecosystem is a system that includes the interactions between organisms in a specific environment as well as the interactions between those organisms and the nonliving components of the environment. There are different types of species interactions such as competition or mutualism, however the article specifically mentioned predation. Predation describes a relationship between consumers and the organisms they eat. The article focused, however on how the use of pesticides is affecting the ecosystem of agricultural organisms. Biodiversity, which I learned is a term used to describe all of the living things that live a common area was also something the article mention was affected by the use of pesticides. This includes a variety of different species and the abundance of them. Some of the other factors that were believed to have contributed to the widespread deaths of bees were viruses and fungi. I understood how these could have been deathly factors as I learned that viruses are non-living agents that replicate and feed of the energy of living things. Viruses are one of the many things the immune system recognize as pathogens and work to prevent and get rid of. Fungi are decomposing organisms and
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