#bioPGH Blog: Society and Symbiosis
May 31

#bioPGH Blog: Society and Symbiosis

By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

Biophilia NetworkA resource of Biophilia: Pittsburgh, #bioPGH is a weekly blog and social media series that aims to encourage both children and adults to reconnect with nature and enjoy what each of our distinctive seasons has to offer. 

As any Jane Austen fan or Shondaland denizen will tell you, Regency Era stories make quite a popular form of entertainment! While we are engrossed in complex narratives of love and intrigue, nature has quite a different set of stories to tell when it comes to describing relationships! Join us for a quick promenade of ecological musingsto learn about nature’s relationships!

In summary: A symbiotic relationship is any sort of long-standing biological interaction or association between two or more different species. Now, we humans might usually use the word “relationship” to describe an association between two individuals, but these relationships are established between separate species over thousands of years and many, many generations.

  • Mutualism – A type of symbiotic relationship where both species in the relationship benefit
  • Commensalism – a symbiotic relationship where one species benefits, the other is unaffected
  • Parasitism – a symbiotic relationship where one species benefits, the other is harmed

So whether you are dreaming of mutualism, parasitism, or a clever-matchmaking scheme, enjoy the wonder of the wild world!


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