Biology, Experiment One Hypothesis: Intraspecific If our species only experiences intraspecific competition, the abundance of the species will increase until the population size reaches the carrying capacity of the ecosystem. That is, the population of the species will have high reproductive rates and low death rates when there is an abundance of kidney beans. Eventually the input of kidney beans between generations will not support the population size, and death rates will increase while reproductive rates of the population will decrease. The population size will then fluctuate the carrying capacity of the system. Alternatively, it is possible that in the early generations of the species the individuals of the population will fail to reproduce at all and the species will become extinct. Even though there are enough kidney beans to support the individuals, since the population size is so small and standard deviation so high, the random variation of fecundity and survivorship will lead to the extinction of the species. Interspecific:
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