Interactions between Biotic and Abiotic Components of Ecosystems

Nitin Kawashima*

Department of AniBiology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria


Nitin Kawashima*

Department of AniBiology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Nitin Kawashima
Department of AniBiology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,

Received date: March 08, 2024, Manuscript No. IPEJBIO-24-19186; Editor assigned date: March 11, 2024, PreQC No. IPEJBIO-24-19186 (PQ); Reviewed date: March 25, 2024, QC No. IPEJBIO-24-19186; Revised date: April 01, 2024, Manuscript No. IPEJBIO-24-19186 (R); Published date: April 08, 2024, DOI: 10.36648/1860-3122.20.2.119

Citation: Kawashima N (2024) Interactions between Biotic and Abiotic Components of Ecosystems. Electronic J Biol, 20(2):1-2

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