Competition and Evolutionary Stability of Plants in a Spatially Structured Habitat

Yasuto Takenaka, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Yoh Iwasa

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We modelled the population dynamics of two types of plants with limited dispersal living in a lattice structured habitat. Each site of the square lattice model was either occupied by an individual or vacant. Each individual reproduced to its neighbors. We derived a criterion for the invasion of a rare type into a population composed of a resident type based on a pair-approximation method, in which the dynamics of both average densities and the nearest neighbor correlations were considered. Based on this invasibility criterion, we showed that, when there is a tradeoff between birth and death rates, the evolutionarily stable type is the one that has the highest ratio of birth rate to mortality. If these types are different species, they form segregated spatial patterns in the lattice model in which intraspecific competitive interactions occur more frequently than interspecific interactions. However, stable coexistence is not possible in the lattice model contrary to results from completely mixed population models. This clearly shows that the casual conclusion, based on traditional well mixed population models, that different species can coexist if intraspecific competition is stronger than interspecific competition, does not hold for spatially structured population models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalResearches on Population Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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