Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

How does a climax community differ from early successional stages?

Summary Introduction

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The difference between climax community and other early successional stages.


A community comprises organisms that live in an area. These organisms range from small microorganisms to fungi and to large plants and trees. There is a constant change in communities and these changes are in sequential order and parallel with the surrounding environment, leading to a more stable community known as a climax community.


A climax community is a community of plants, animals as well as fungi formed through the process of ecological succession. In this process, development of vegetation in a particular area starts and reaches a steady state or is said to be in equilibrium with the environment. The changes and the order in which these changes occur in the composition of species and plants thriving constitute ecological succession.

During this succession, drastic changes are observed. Some species’ population might increase and thrive while some might disappear leading to a change in vegetation. This is more common in the early stages of succession...

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