2 A population is a group of individuals of the same species occupying a particular area at the same time
3 Population Growth As long as the birth rate exceeds the death rate a population will grow Immigration + Birth + POPULATION SIZE - Death - Emigration
4 Population growth involves 3 main factors the biotic potential of the population environmental resistance of the habitat the carrying capacity of the environment
5 Biotic potential The reproductive potential of a population under optimum environmental conditions and unlimited resources. The maximum rate of growth of a population occurs during the exponential growth phase.
6 Environmental resistance The restriction by the environment on the population reaching its maximum growth rate and its biotic potential. Abiotic factors include water, oxygen, light availability. Biotic factors include nutrient shortage, accumulation of waste, competition from other organisms, predation and disease.
7 Carrying Capacity the maximum number of organisms that a population can support in an environment, and is determined by the resources available.
8 Growth curves Plotting the number of organisms in a population over time will produce a distinctive growth pattern This shows there are 4 stages The curve can be used to calculate the carrying capacity of the population
9 Number of organisms carrying capacity environmental resistance BR=DR biotic potential BR<DR 150 BR>DR Lag Phase Exponential Phase Time Stationary Phase Decline Phase
10 LAG PHASE the rate of growth starts very slowly. Nutrient assimilation is taking place. Individuals adjust to new conditions, and need to activate genes to make the appropriate enzymes to metabolise the new substrate.
11 EXPONENTIAL PHASE Growth rate is at a maximum and the population increases exponentially by doubling. There is no restriction on growth, as resources are abundant and there is little waste.
12 STATIONARY PHASE Growth rate slow due to limiting food supplies and the accumulation of waste products and toxins which restrict growth. Fewer new individuals are produced. There is intraspecific competition and Birth rate = Death rate.
13 DECLINE PHASE death rate exceeds birth rate and the population declines, sometimes very rapidly. This is due to a build up of toxic waste and/or nutrient supply running out.
14 resources A biological resource is a substance or object required by an organism for normal growth, maintenance, and reproduction. Non-renewable resources will be used up by a population and result in the flattening stationary and rapid fall of the decline phase. Organisms which use renewable resources tend to remain in the stationary phase e.g. a broadleaved deciduous woodland where trees shed their leaves each year and provide food for earthworm populations.
15 Competition Organisms compete with each other for the same resources such as food, light, water, space, mates Two types Intraspecific within species Interspecific between species
17 Paramecium competition When grown separately on bacteria, P. aurelia reaches a higher final density than P. caudatum. When grown in the same flask P. aurelia grows at a slightly lower rate, however P. caudatum is eliminated due to competition for the food resource. The smaller P.aurelia is better adapted for utilising the bacterial food source.
18 Competitive exclusion principle No two species can occupy the identical ecological niche. One species always loses out as a consequence.
19 Which stages would be influenced by: 1. Competition for resources 2. Accumulation of waste 3. Availability of resources (renewable and nonrenewable)
20 ANSWERS 1. Stationary 2. Stationary and decline 3. Stationary and decline
21 PREDATOR-PREY INTERACTIONS surge in prey numbers followed by a surge in predator numbers
22 number predator prey surge in prey numbers followed by a surge in predator numbers time
23 1. The prey has plenty of food. They survive to breed and numbers increase. 2. The increase in prey numbers mean that there is more food for the predator. So more predators survive to breed and their numbers increase. 3. As there are now more predators, the rate of predation rises and the number of prey goes down.
24 4. There is now less prey for the predator to feed upon. Fewer predators survive to breed and their numbers decline. 5. With fewer predators more prey will survive to breed. Prey numbers will increase and so the cycle continues.
25 Describing trends in predator prey interactions An oscillating growth curve is produced, with alternate peaks and troughs. The predator peaks and troughs lag behind the prey peaks and troughs. The time lag is affected by the rate and time involved in predator reproduction. Although lagging behind, the length of the predator and prey cycles is usually similar. Predators numbers are normally significantly lower than the prey at equivalent points on
26 question Growth curves for most predator-prey relationships have a much smoother oscillating pattern. Why? Most predators have more than one prey, consequently there is less correlation between any one prey and any one predator.
27 Population dynamics Population growth = (births deaths) + (immigration emigration) In closed populations, such as a laboratory flask, migration is not a factor. In open systems immigration of migratory species, e.g. birds in spring and summer, and a higher birth rate causes rapid increases in population size.
28 Seasonal effect Migration has a seasonal effect on local population size, with an influx in spring and summer and numbers returning to a low, often non-existent population in autumn and winter. Most seasonal effect is due to temperature and food resources rather than migration. Many species reproduce in spring and summer when temperature is high and food abundant.
29 Survivorship curves These represent the percentage of individuals surviving over a year, or a number of years.
30 number born
31 R&K Species Most species can be divided into 2 groups based on the speed at which the population increases and the ability to remain in the stationary phase. Each has a distinctive set of characteristics and their growth pattern gives rise to specifically shaped growth curves.
32 K- Selected Species Their populations are relatively stable, with numbers remaining at or close to the carrying capacity for the species. This gives rise to an S-shaped growth curve. k-species include humans and elephants, along with late succesional species such as trees. The emphasis for these species is survival and dominance of an area.
33 R-Selected Species Population numbers increase very rapidly when conditions are ideal and decrease rapidly when they are less favourable. This boom or bust pattern gives rise to a J- shaped growth curve. r-selected species include bacteria, insect pests such as aphids and early succesional species such as pioneer plants. The emphasis of these opportunistic species is on reproduction and colonisation of new areas.
34 characteristic r-selected (r-strategies) Body size Small Large (k- k-selected strategies) Reproduction Rapid, many offspring Few offspring Parental care Little Lot, high investment in the few young Dispersal Rapid, colonises new habitats Low ability Pop size/density Varies Stable Competition Specialisation Habitat Low, unlikely to be dominant Not, adapt to changes in environment, can evolve rapidly e.g. antibiotic resistance in bacteria Unstable, short-lived such as weeds in ploughed field High, may be dominant species Highly, less resistant to environmental change, prone to endangerment / extinction e.g. Polar bears Stable, undisturbed e.g. oak trees in forest
35 j-curve s-curve r-selected species k-selected species
36 Also read Froggy page 407
37 Population interactions Predator-prey +/- Parasitism +/- Competition -/- Mutualism +/+ Make a table to summarise how each interaction works. Include definitions and examples for each.
38 Biological control
39 Practical work The Haemocytometer Capture-recapture technique
41 A PEST An organism that competes with or adversely affects a population of plants or animals that are of economic importance to humans
42 BIOLOGICAL CONTROL The use of predators, parasites or competitors to control the numbers of pests
43 EXAMPLES Cottony cushion scale insect in California Attacked the citrus trees Found a ladybird predator in Australia Now controls the pest
44 ADVANTAGES OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL After the initial expense is relatively inexpensive Has no detrimental effect on environment like chemicals Pests can become resistant to pesticides
45 FEATURES OF GOOD BIOLOGICAL CONTROL Must target pest and no other species (are specific) Predator must not eradicate the pest Predator and pest should exist in balance but at a level where the pest has no major detrimental effect
46 Read Froggy p413 Take notes on problems of biological control mechanisms Copy out the summary table to comapre chemical and biological control mechanisms
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