limiting factor


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limiting factor

  1. (in chemical processes) a component that limits the amount of the product that can be formed or its rate of formation, because it is present in small quantities. For example, light intensity can be a limiting factor in PHOTOSYNTHESIS.
  2. (in ecology) a factor that restricts the numbers of a population, such as food or nest sites.
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In accordance with physical and geographical characteristics, some of the most "obvious" limiting factors are soil acidity, moisture and erosion phenomena.
Working time is the limiting factor in this case - only 32,000 direct labour hours are available - and we have been given the data shown in table 5 above.
Water, heat and nutrition are the limiting factors, so they have modified their habits and diet to accommodate their surroundings.
(25), though this is unlikely a limiting factor in skeletal muscle,
Suddenly, food becomes the limiting factor. How you modify your approach from early to late in the season may be very subtle, perhaps hunting the same travel corridor, but hunting closer to bedding cover in the early season -and closer to food sources later on.
However, the mechanical design does make them subject to certain limiting factors, including dead zone passing and switch differential movement, which may negatively affect the pressure switch's speed and precision capacities.
The limiting factor here is not the depletion of glycogen stores per say--it is the accumulation of lactic acid, which is the body's by-product of burning fuel.
This is not to say that the facilitators were ineffective or that the participants did not benefit from the group experience simply because the facilitators were not African American females, but I do think the potential to misunderstand or not fully understand the experiences of the participants could be a limiting factor.
According to Barker, it can respond so quickly, the limiting factor is the vehicle driveline with the rate of torque needing to be controlled to avoid unpleasant driveline "shunt".
But a structure's size doesn't neccessarily have to be a limiting factor when it comes to choosing between controlled demolition and its traditional counterpart.
Since the limiting factor on proton beam intensity is often the ability to cool the target system, the time-averaged current can be much higher with a lower beam energy for a given power-on-target.
And it is forgiving enough that age is hardly a limiting factor. Nor are serious musculoskeletal weaknesses, such as a bad back or knee, in fact, several people on the trip have some kind of health problem; although there are those of us younger, most of us are hovering in the 40 range, and there is even one in his 70s.