succession (syn. biotic succession)

succession (syn. biotic succession)

1. The development of a plant community from its initial stage to its climax stage; usually from one consisting of grasses and forbs to one of shrubs and, finally, to forest. However, depending on the climate, the climax stage may consist of a prairie, savana, or any number of other ecosystems. 2. The changes in the species composition of communities following a natural or human disturbance like the natural filling of a pond or the clearing of a road through a forest.

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