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(English) (1) The total energy flow of a heterotrophic individual, population or trophic level; (2) Gross production of autotrophs; (3) In ecological energetics, that part of the consumption of an individual, population or trophic level which is incorporated into metabolic system for production, and respiration, per unit time, per unit area; metabolized energy expressed as assimilation (A) = production (P) + respiration (R), or A = consumption (C) - rejecta.

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