a living thing, as an animal or plant, that influences or affects an ecosystem: How do humans affect other biotic factors? Weather is not a biotic factor because it is not alive. noun
pertaining to life. Historical Examples The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico Ticul Alvarez The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico Ticul Alvarez The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth Birds from Coahuila, Mexico Emil K. Urban The Breath of Life John Burroughs Birds from Coahuila, Mexico Emil K. Urban A Distributional Study of the Amphibians […]
the capacity of a population of organisms to increase in numbers under optimum environmental conditions. biotic potential The maximum capacity of an individual or population to reproduce under optimal environmental conditions. Populations rarely reproduce at their biotic potential because of limiting factors such as disease, predation, and restricted food resources.
pertaining to life. adjective of or relating to living organisms (of a factor in an ecosystem) produced by the action of living organisms Compare edaphic adj. biotic (bī-ŏt’ĭk)