competitive exclusion principle


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competitive exclusion principle

n.
The ecological principle that when two species compete for the same critical resources within an environment, one of them will eventually outcompete and displace the other. Also called Gause's law.
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We assumed that there might be differences in selection of prey allowing the two species to successfully coexist in the same place if the competitive exclusion principle (Hardin, 1960) were operating.
Evidence for the applicability of the competitive exclusion principle to viruses has been reported by Clarke et al.
Ecologists recognize this as the competitive exclusion principle.

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