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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892

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4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

How is the scientific literature on interspecific competition potentially “biased”?

Summary Introduction

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The reason behind scientific literature on interspecific competition being potentially “biased.”

Introduction:

The populations of either same or different species compete with each other for the common limited resources that are available. It can either be an interspecific competition or an intraspecific competition. Interspecific competition, predation, and parasitism are key forces that govern the species composition and community structure.

Explanation

The reason behind scientific literature on interspecific competition being potentially “biased” is the fact that interspecific competition can cause extinction as well as the establishment of new species within the community. Studies on ecological literature show that intraspecific competition affects species diversity. Some of the studies explained a few of the ecological biases. First, ecological literature may overestimate the importance of competition because an ecologist is ...

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