Population Biology - Discussion In the experiment we simulated intra-specific competition and inter-specific competition In intra-specific

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Discussion: In the experiment, we simulated intra-specific competition and inter-specific competition. In intra-specific competition, our hypothesis states that the population of P. utensilius or P. digitus will increase until it reaches the carrying capacity, and then fluctuate around the carrying capacity point. For P. utensilius , the largest population size reached was six individuals, while for P. digitus , the highest number of individuals was seven individuals. Once a population reached this limit, they would either remain constant or decrease in number. This point is an estimate of the carrying capacity of the population, or the largest number of individuals that particular environment can sustain. These results corresponded with our hypothesis. The factor limiting growth was the “food”, or the 40 beans scattered around the feeding area for each generation. Our experiment was relatively valid, as it showed the competition within members of the same species, and demonstrated how the lack of food prevented the population from growing past a certain number of individuals. For P. utensilius , those individuals who were more fit and able to use their forks more effectivelywould survive longer than others who were not as skilled
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2008 for the course BIO 1B taught by Professor Carlson,mischel,power during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Population Biology - Discussion In the experiment we simulated intra-specific competition and inter-specific competition In intra-specific

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