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limiting factor

Alternative forms: ¦limiting condition, n.

  • Plant growth is always controlled by some kind of limiting factor, which may be external (water, temperature, light, carbon dioxide, oxygen, soil minerals...) or internal (growth regulators, enzymes...). A biological process, such as growth, cannot proceed faster than is allowed by the most limiting factor. (≈ Fritts 1976, Fritts 1972)
German: begrenzender Faktor
French: facteur limitant
Italian: fattore limitante
Spanish: factor limitante
Portuguese: fator limitante