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Long range dispersal and spatial pattern formation in biological invasions.

Authors
  • Cannas, Sergio A
  • Marco, Diana E
  • Montemurro, Marcelo A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mathematical Biosciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2006
Volume
203
Issue
2
Pages
155–170
Identifiers
PMID: 16962617
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

In this paper we explore the consequences of long distance dispersal in biological invasion processes through simulations using a recently developed cellular automaton model. We show that long distance dispersal generate characteristic spatial patterns with several stationary scale-invariant properties. In particular, the patterns display a main patch around the focus of spread, with a fractal border structure whose fractal dimension contains information about the main statistical properties of the dispersal mechanism. Our results are in agreement with field data of spread of invaders with long distance dispersal mechanisms.

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