K selection

Ecology.
  1. selection occurring when a population is at or near the carrying capacity of the environment, which is usually stable: tends to favor individuals that successfully compete for resources and produce few, slowly developing young, and results in a stable population of long-lived individuals.Compare r selection.
Also K-se·lec·tion [key-si-lek-shuh n] /ˈkeɪ sɪˌlɛk ʃən/.
Related formsK-se·lect·ed [key-si-lek-tid] /ˈkeɪ sɪˌlɛk tɪd/, adjective
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