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Biology Productivity camturnbull
AQA BIOL4 Energy flow
What is primary productivity?
The amount of energy converted from light energy into chemical energy in 1 m2 over a year in kJ/m2/year
What is an alternate measurement for primary production?
Amount of new plant biomass in 1m2 in one day measured in g/m2/day
What is the GPP?
The gross primary productivity: the rate at which the products of photosynthesis accumulate
What is the NPP?
The net primary productivity
: the amount of biomass available as food
Plants use some of the products of their photosynthesis for respiration
Write a word equation for Net primary productivity
NPP = GPP - respiratory loss
Name 5 biotic and abiotic factors that affect productivity
Availability of minerals
Competition from other species
Damage by pests
What is the energy input for a natural ecosystem?
What is the energy input for a farm ecosystem?
Chemical energy as food for workers
Fossil fuels for machinery
Describe the productivity of a natural ecosystem
Low due to:
Higher rates of competition
Increased damage by pests
Reduced availability of minerals
Describe the productivity of a farm ecosystem
High due to:
Pesticides removing competition and pests
Fertilisers increasing the availability of minerals