Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321775651
ISBN 13: 978-0-32177-565-8

Chapter 53 - 53.3 - Concept Check: 1

Answer

The growth rate will be at its highest when there is both a population that is large enough to reproduce at a high rate and that has enough resources to sustain this.

Work Step by Step

Smaller and larger populations have smaller growth for different reasons. A smaller population has ample resources but fewer members that can reproduce, and a larger population has many reproductive members but limited resources to support them. In the middle, both barriers are mitigated somewhat, causing a higher rate of growth.
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