Marino, Paul C. Department of Biology, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.
Last reviewed:July 2020
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The interaction of at least two organisms or species such that, for each, the birth or growth rates are depressed and the death rate increased by the presence of the other organisms or species. Ecological competition is the conflict that arises between two or more organisms or species for identical environmental resources. This competition is recognized as one of the more important forces structuring ecological communities, and interest in competition led to one of the first axioms of modern ecology, that is, the competitive exclusion principle. The principle suggests that, in situations where the growth and reproduction of two species are resource-limited, only one species can survive per resource (see illustration). See also: Ecological communities; Ecology; Environment; Speciation
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