Lecture 11. Competition and Cooperation

Course: Quantitative Population Ecology
Dept. of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

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Competition is among the most important factors in population dynamics of many species. It often determines the upper limit of fluctuations of population numbers. Also it determines conditions for coexistence of ecologically similar species. Intra-specific cooperation may significantly affect population dynamics at low density (or small group size).

Alexei Sharov 4/14/97