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Density dependent limiting factor

A limiting factor of a population wherein large, dense populations are more strongly affected than small, less crowded ones.
Examples of this type of factor:

  • food and water supply – large population would require for a higher supply of food and water. Limited supply of available food and water would result in competition
  • living space – for instance, the growth of plants is affected by competition for space. Less space could mean less sunlight, less photosynthesis.
  • predation – more prey animals could mean more predators, thus, increased predation
  • disease – spread of disease is faster in a dense population than small ones

See also: limiting factor.

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