What are ecosystem engineers?

First, let me get one thing straight. This term doesn’t have the same meaning as the term keystone species, even though a keystone species usually is an ecosystem engineer. An ecosystem engineer is an organism, that has a crucial role in creating, destroying, modifying and/or maintaining habitat. With their specific behavior, they influence the availability Read more about What are ecosystem engineers?[…]

What are keystone species?

Keystone species are species, whose presence is important for maintaining the structure and therefore health and balance of the ecosystems. They play a crucial role because of their specific impact (behavior, diet etc.) on the ecosystem and are also referred to as ecosystem engineers. Keystone species are mostly predators, but they can also be herbivorous or Read more about What are keystone species?[…]