School Of Science

Biotic interactionsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301266.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Ben Moore

Assumed Knowledge
Students will be expected to apply previous knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and biology, and demonstrate critical thinking in written and oral formats.

Equivalent Units
300855 Conservation Biology

300839 Ecology AND 300802 Biodiversity

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit will introduce the diversity of biotic interactions observed in nature, with an emphasis on their significant roles in maintaining ecosystem function and regulating biological diversity. Major themes will include the role of microbes in plant and animal health and nutrient acquisition via the soil and gastrointestinal microbiomes, the chemical ecology of interactions between plants, and herbivores and pollinators, and interactions between predators and prey. The consequences of biotic interactions for participants can vary from mutual benefit to benefit for one participant and harm for the other, however these outcomes can often change through time and space. Students will be guided to an understanding of how ecological circumstances determine the consequences of biotic interactions.

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