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limiting factor Any environmental factor that – by its decrease, increase, absence, or presence – limits the growth, metabolic processes, or distribution of organisms or populations. In a desert ecosystem, for example, low rainfall and high temperature will be factors limiting colonization. When a metabolic process is affected by more than one factor, the law of limiting factors states that its rate is limited by the factor that is nearest its minimum value. For example, photosynthesis is affected by many factors, such as light, temperature, and carbon dioxide concentration, but on a warm sunny day carbon dioxide concentration will be the limiting factor as light and temperature will be at optimum levels.

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limiting factor (ecological factor) Any environmental condition or set of conditions that approaches most nearly the limits of tolerance (maximum or minimum) for a given organism. It was defined originally as the essential material that is available in an amount most closely approaching the critical minimum needed, but the term is now used more generally.

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limiting factor

limiting factor (ecological factor) Defined originally as whichever essential material is available in an amount most closely approaching the critical minimum needed, but now used more generally to describe any environmental condition or set of conditions that approaches most nearly the limits (maximum or minimum) of tolerance for a given organism.

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limiting factor

limiting factor(ecological factor) Defined originally as whichever essential material is available in an amount most closely approaching the critical minimum needed, but now used more generally to describe any environmental condition or set of conditions that approaches most nearly the limits (maximum or minimum) of tolerance for a given organism.

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