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Amensalism is an interaction between two species where one impedes or restricts the success of the other while not being affected, positively or negatively, by the presence of the other. Usually this occurs when one organism exudes as part of its normal metabolism a chemical compound detrimental to another organism. Amensalism is a form of symbiosis. Biological interactions result from the fact that organisms in an ecosystem interact with each other, in the natural world, no organism is an autonomous entity isolated from its surroundings. ... In biology, a species is a kind of organism. ... In biology and ecology, an organism (in Greek organon = instrument) is a living being. ... Santorio Santorio (1561-1636) in his steelyard balance, from Ars de statica medecina, first published 1614 Metabolism (from μεταβολισμος(metavallo), the Greek word for change), in the most general sense, is the ingestion and breakdown of complex compounds, coupled with the liberation of energy, and the consequent generation of waste... A chemical compound is a chemical substance formed from two or more elements, with a fixed ratio determining the composition. ... Common Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in their magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) home. ...

Types of species interactions in ecology
Amensalism | Commensalism | Mutualism | Neutralism | Synnecrosis | Predation ( Carnivory, Herbivory, Parasitism, Parasitoidism) | Symbiosis | Competition |

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Amensalism is an biological interaction, a type of symbiosis, between two species in which one impedes or restricts the success of the other without being affected, positively or negatively, by the presence of the other.
Usually this occurs when one organism exudes a chemical compound as part of its normal metabolism that is detrimental to another organism.
Plants in certain biomes, such as the chaparral or desert, are very dependent on the effects of amensalism.
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