Deutsch: Biologische Integrität / Español: Integridad Biológica / Português: Integridade Biológica / Français: Intégrité Biologique / Italiano: Integrità Biologica /

A Biological Integrity is the ability to support and maintain balanced, integrated, functionality in the natural habitat of a given region.

Concept is applied primarily in drinking water management.


Other /More definition:
A Biological Integrity is the ability of an aquatic ecosystem to support and maintain a balanced, adaptive Community of organisms having a species composition, diversity, and functional organization comparable to that of natural habitats within a region.


Other /More definition:
biological integrity is the condition of the aquatic Community inhabiting unimpaired waterbodies of a specified habitat as measured by an evaluation of multiple attributes of the aquatic biota. Three critical components of biological integrity are that the biota is (1) the product of the evolutionary process for that locality, or site, (2) inclusive of a broad range of biological and ecological characteristics such as taxonomic richness and composition, trophic structure, and (3) is found in the study biogeographic region.


Other /More definition:
A Biological Integrity is "...the ability of an aquatic ecosystem to support and maintain a balanced, adaptive Community of organisms having a species composition, diversity, and functional organization comparable to that of natural habitats within a region." (Karr, J. R. and D. R. Dudley. 1981. Ecological perspective on water quality goals. Environmental Management 5:55-68)

Related Articles

Ecological Integrity ■■■■■■■■■■
An Ecological Integrity is the condition of an unimpaired ecosystem as measured by combined chemical, . . . Read More
Species ■■■■■■■■■
Species refers to a fundamental concept in the environmental context, representing a distinct category . . . Read More
Sensitivity ■■■■■■■■■
Sensitivity may refer to the strength of physical or emotional reaction in people. In the environmental . . . Read More
Extraction at quality-database.eu■■■■■■■■
Extraction in the context of quality management refers to the process of obtaining materials, components, . . . Read More
Ambiente ■■■■■■■■
In the context of the environment, the term "Ambiente" (Spanish and Italian for "environment") refers . . . Read More
Reference site ■■■■■■■
Reference site: A reference site is One of a population of bench mark or control sampling locations that, . . . Read More
Fertility ■■■■■■■
The fertility is the ability to reproducein humans, the ability to bear children. In the context of the . . . Read More
Fauna ■■■■■■■
The fauna is the total animal population that inhabits an area. In the context of the environment, "fauna" . . . Read More
Occupancy ■■■■■■■
Occupancy in the environmental context refers to the presence and use of natural spaces or resources . . . Read More
Habitat ■■■■■■■
A habitat isthe natural home of an animal or plant, the sum of the Environmental conditions that determine . . . Read More