Relationship of ecology with other disciplines of biology, Biology

Relationship of Ecology with Other Disciplines of Biology

In order to understand the scope and relevance of ecology let us consider its position in relation to other biological disciplines, with the help of a diagram in the shape of a cake see Figre shown below.

2183_relationshoip of ecology.jpg


This hypothetical biological cake has several horizontal layers representing the 'basic' divisions of biology, common to all organisms - morphology, physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, developmental biology etc. These horizontal layers are divided vertically into unequal 'taxonomic slices' of biology as well. Each such slice is labelled by the specific kinds of organism. The thicker slices represent large divisions of biology and are labelled Zoology, Botany, Bacteriology etc. The thinnq slices are labelled a Phycology, Ornithology, Protozoology as they deal with specific type of organisms.

Let us consider slice 'A', i.e. ornithology - the study of birds. This slice with its horizontal layers of molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, ecology etc. indicates that there are different approaches to the study of birds. The approach may be molecular or ecological, or of any other type, or a combination of two or more approaches. The 'biological cake' analogy helps us appreciate that ecology is a basic division of biology.

It is often important to restrict work to certain taxonomic species or groups because different kinds of organisms require different methods of study. For example, one cannot study pigeons and bacteria using the same methods. However, the modem ecological principles have provided many unifying concepts such as energy flow, nualent cycling and population dynamics for comparing diverse ecosystems.

Posted Date: 12/10/2012 4:13:03 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Relationship of ecology with other disciplines of biology, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Relationship of ecology with other disciplines of biology, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Relationship of ecology with other disciplines of biology Discussions

Write discussion on Relationship of ecology with other disciplines of biology
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
In the eukaryote cell nucleus, RNA can be found dispersed in the nuclear fluid, along with DNA, and as the major constituent of the nucleolus. In cytosol (in eukaryotes or in bacte

What are the infructescences, pseudofruits and parthenocarpic fruits? The Infructescences are aggregated fruits formed from inflorescences, aggregated flowers. Grape clusters a

#question.3 different genera of invertebrates

Q. Grading of Stenosis and Grading of Coronary Artery Disease? Multiple views are necessary to quantify coronary stenosis accurately. Further, there should be no foreshortening

Define Commodity Topics of Food Science? All issues of food science and technology of certain commodity groups, including milk and milk products (fluid milk and derivatives, ic

Echocardiography is one of the -most frequently used imaging modalities for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases. It i's versatile and is applicable in the entire spectrum of

How would carbon monoxide poisoning affect a person's coloring, particularly of the mucous membranes? How would it affect the hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, and percent oxyh

Healing Events around Implants Healing of an implant is compared with the processes in normal bone healing or bone regeneration and with stable osteosynthesis.

Development Projects - Deforestation The use of science and technology to support the ever- increasing needs of man is termed as development. In the recent years, the human po

Q. What is structural formula of glycerol? To which organic function do these molecules belong? Glycerol is a linear chain of three carbons, the central carbon is bound to one