Day 1: 1500 bacteria
Day 2: 3000 bacteria
Day 3: 7000 bacteria
Day 4: 13,000 bacteria
Is this population of bacteria r-selected or k-selected? Explain how you arrived at your answer. Hint: Review your definitions of “r” and “k.” (2 marks)
R-selected species generally are small and have short lives, so their best bet is to put their all energy into growth and reproduction. They grow rapidly and produce as many offspring as possible to carry on their genetic information .They may not be able to reproduce, if they can't grow and mature quickly enough. And since they lack parental care, r-selected species produce a whole bunch of cheap-quality (low-quality) offspring very rapidly, sometimes thousands of them at a time. Therefore, population of bacteria is R-selected.