ecological succession

noun
succession ( def 6 ).
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The science of ecological succession tells us that such areas are important.
It went through a process of what's called ecological succession.
Oil may affect the outcomes of ecological succession through differential
  effects on marsh and mangrove species.
The effect on honey bee health of community composition and ecological
  succession of microbes in stored pollen.
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