Assessment Task 1 – Closed Ecological Systems

 

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Closed ecological systems (CES)

Closed ecological systems (CES) are ecosystems that don’t rely on matter exchange with any part outside the system.

The term is most often used to describe small manmade ecosystems. Such systems are scientifically interesting and can potentially serve as a life support system during space flights, in space stations or space habitats.

In a closed ecological system, any waste products produced by one species must be used by one other species at minimum. If the purpose is to maintain a life form, such as a mouse or a human, waste products (such as carbon dioxide, feces and urine) must eventually be converted into oxygen, food, and water.

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Green Algae

A closed ecological system must contain at least one autotrophic organism. While both chemotrophic and phototrophic organisms are plausible, almost all close
d ecological systems to date are based on a phototroph such as green algae.

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