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Allochthonous Definition:

  • Substances not native to a given environment (e.g., nutrient influx into freshwater ecosystems).

    Prescott's Microbiology 9th Edition by Joanne Willey, Linda Sherwood, Christopher J. Woolverton



Allochthonous Explanation:

Allochthonous are substances, which are not native in an environment and have been imported in an ecosystem. Allochthonous materials are usually organic matter of the ecosystem such as plants, bacteria, plants and nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen. The influx of nutrients into the ecosystem of freshwater is an example of allochthonous substances.

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