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    meaning of " colonization"

    - colonization of the media’s vast surface area with the appropriate types of nutrient-remineralizing microorganisms

    - Due to the highly-porous nature of this product and the rate at which it is colonized by microbes

    - Provides a colonization site for the microorganisms responsible for nitrification, denitrification, and organic waste degradation in marine aquaria.

    Please help me with the meaning of all " colonization" or "colonized" or "colonization site" as shown above.

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    Re: meaning of " colonization"

    When one grows microorganisms in a lab, a distinct group is referred to as a "colony." Much like a small group of Englishmen can colonize Virginia and Massachusetts, and a mighty country can develop from that small beginning, so does a small group of microorganisms grow rapidly larger.

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