Discuss the role of abiotic factors in living organisms?
Abiotic factors are the non-living parts of an organism's environment, such as water, sunlight, oxygen, soil and temperature. All living organisms require water to survive, as it is an essential part of cellular mechanisms. Even factors such as the weather can play an essential role in ecosystems - think about the effect of a fire, or drought, or flooding on all the living organisms in a particular area. You may want to use the California wildfires as an example. Some abiotic factors are limited, and are given the name 'limiting factors' - think about rain/water availability, or nutrients for plants. These can limit the amount an organism can grow or reproduce. Overall, abiotic factors can change the way whole ecosystems function!
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