r selection


Ecology.

selection occurring when a population is far below the carrying capacity of an unstable environment: tends to favor individuals that reproduce early, quickly, and in large numbers so as to make use of ephemeral resources and ensure that at least some offspring survive.

Nearby words

  1. r & r,
  2. r and r,
  3. r factor,
  4. r horizon,
  5. r plasmid,
  6. r wave,
  7. r&b,
  8. r&d,
  9. r, r,
  10. r-banding stain

Also r-se·lec·tion [ahr-si-lek-shuh n] /ˈɑr sɪˌlɛk ʃən/.

Compare K selection.

Related formsr-se·lect·ed [ahr-si-lek-tid] /ˈɑr sɪˌlɛk tɪd/, adjective

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