Biocomplexity is a term used to describe the dynamic web of often surprising interrelationships that arise when living things at all levels, from their molecular structures to genes to ecosystems, interact with their environment.

Keywords: biocomplexity; ecosystems; environment; organism; genetics

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Biocomplexity. Source: National Science Foundation.

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Cholera outbreaks and increases in sea surface temperature (SST) and sea surface height (SSH). Source: Lobitz et al..

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Effects of oceanic nitrogen fixation on global climate. Source: Anthony Michaels, Gerald Haug and Douglas Capone, Oceanic N2 Fixation and Global Climate, University of Southern California.



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Colwell, Rita R(Apr 2001) Biocomplexity. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003437]