K selection

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K selection

or K-se·lec·tion (kā′sĭ-lĕk′shən)
n.
A form of selection that occurs in an environment at or near carrying capacity, favoring a reproductive strategy in which few offspring are produced.

[From K, the constant for carrying capacity in the equation for population growth.]
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These observations indicate that r- and K-selection, based on simple effects of density alone, is not so potent of an environmental force moulding general life-history "strategy" (i.
The differences in egg-to-adult viability between the r- and K-selection regimes and between the Y- and O-selection regimes are shown in Figure 1.
No interactions between the r- and K-selection regimes and larval rearing density were observed in either sex.
In the comparison of the r- and K-selection regimes we found a negative association between preadult developmental time, on one hand, and adult body mass and total fecundity, on the other, whereas longevity of the females (but not the males) remained unaffected.
Trade off between r-selection and K-selection in Drosophila populations.
Previous theoretical studies based on one-locus, two-allele population genetic models have shown that r- and K-selection can cause gene frequency changes with realistic assumptions on the allelic effect of genes and demography.
With this measure of fitness, selection on phenotypes is decomposed into two subsets of selection (r-selection gradients and K-selection gradients), which describe selective forces under different phases of population growth.
This study presents a quantitative genetic model describing evolutionary changes in the underlying phenotypes by density-dependent selection based on this view of r- and K-selection.
and the latter as the (ideal) K-selection gradient:
The total selection gradient is proportional to the weighted average of the r-selection gradient and the K-selection gradient,
Only K-selection influences phenotypes when the population size is close to the carrying capacity.
One of the most rigorous empirical studies on the evolution by r- and K-selection is the manipulated natural selection experiment in D.