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K selection
Selection of life-history traits which promote an ability to make a large proportionate contribution to a population which stays close to its carrying capacity - the traits being, broadly, large size, delayed reproduction, iteroparity, a small reproductive allocation, much parental care, and the production of few but large offspring.
k-value
The loss of individuals from a given stage of a life cycle when the numbers at the beginning and end of the stage are both expressed as common logarithms, i.e. log10 (before) - log10 (after).
Key-factor analysis
A statistical treatment of population data designed to identify factors most responsible for change in population size.
Killing power
Synonymous with k-value (see above).

 
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