Anomalous spreading speeds of cooperative recursion systems

Hans F. Weinberger, Mark A. Lewis, Bingtuan Li

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Abstract

This work presents an example of a cooperative system of truncated linear recursions in which the interaction between species causes one of the species to have an anomalous spreading speed. By this we mean that this species spreads at a speed which is strictly greater than its spreading speed in isolation from the other species and the speeds at which all the other species actually spread. An ecological implication of this example is discussed in Sect. 5. Our example shows that the formula for the fastest spreading speed given in Lemma 2.3 of our paper (Weinberger et al. in J Math Biol 45:183-218, 2002) is incorrect. However, we find an extra hypothesis under which the formula for the faster spreading speed given in (Weinberger et al. in J Math Biol 45:183-218, 2002) is valid. We also show that the hypotheses of all but one of the theorems of (Weinberger et al. in J Math Biol 45:183-218, 2002) whose proofs rely on Lemma 2.3 imply this extra hypothesis, so that all but one of the theorems of (Weinberger et al. in J Math Biol 45:183-218, 2002) and all the examples given there are valid as they stand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Mathematical Biology
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

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