bio-, bi-, -bia, -bial, -bian, -bion, -biont, -bius, -biosis, -bium, -biotic, -biotical

(Greek: life; living, live, alive)

Don’t confuse this element with another bi- which means "two".

The most important things in life are not things.

—Anonymous
saproxylobios
Those organisms living in or on rotting wood.
saproxylobiotic
A reference to organisms living in or on rotting wood.
scotobiological
A descriptive reference to the study of the biology of darkness, including research of the effects of darkness on the behavior and metabolism of animals, plants, and microbes; as well as, its influences on human beings.
scotobiology
1. The science of darkness and the positive responses of biological systems to the presence of darkness, and not merely the negative effects caused by the absence of light.
2. The study of light pollution at night as it directly impacts biological existence which is usually specifically affected by darkness.

Plants and animals are programmed to function in a certain pattern of daylight and darkness. Alter those patterns and unhealthy things often happen.

It applies equally to organisms that are active at night and those, including humans, whose bodies require regular periods with the lights out.

Some people believe that as with all types of pollution, light pollution contaminates the natural environment and produces side effects that should be mitigated or avoided, if possible, to create a balance between necessary urban light levels and a healthy environment.

sociobiologist
A specialist in sociobiology or someone who studies the biological and genetic basis of social organization and social behavior and their evolution in animals.
sociobiology
The study of the biological and genetic basis of social organization and social behavior and their evolution in animals, a field of study that has caused controversy when applied to human social behavior and organization.
speleobiologist
A person who specializes in the study of organisms that live in caves.
stenobionic
A reference to an organism requiring a stable uniform habitat.
stenobiontic
A reference to an organism requiring a stable uniform habitat.
subbiochore
Dispersal by a subgroup of similar biotopes (environmental conditions suitable for certain fauna and flora) in a specific geographical habitat; a subdivided habitat.
subbiochorous
subbiochory
superbiochore
Dispersal by several groups of biotopes or several fauna and flora habitats collectively.
superbiochorous
superbiochory
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.