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Pop. Ecology r and K strategists

  1. Jun 2, 2008 #1
    Pop. Ecology r and K strategists plz help

    Does anyone know what the "K" of k-strategist stands for? I know the "r" in r-strategist stands for rapid but cannot find what the k stands for. Thanks!
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  3. Jun 3, 2008 #2
    Carrying capacity, I think.
  4. Jun 3, 2008 #3


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    r is usually rate.

    They each come from the logistic differential equation:

    dP/dt = rP/K(K-P), where P is the population. If you know some calculus you can always deduce r and K strategies from this equation. Here, K is clearly carrying capacity, and r is some kind of growth rate.
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