Variable species densities are induced by volume exclusion interactions upon domain growth.

Robert J.H. Ross, Christian Yates, Ruth E. Baker

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In this work we study the effect of domain growth on spatial correlations in agent populations containing multiple species. This is important as heterogenous cell populations are ubiquitous during the embryonic development of many species. We have previously shown that the long term behaviour of an agent population depends on the way in which domain growth is implemented. We extend this work to show that, depending on the way in which domain growth is implemented, different species dominate in multispecies simulations. Continuum approximations of the lattice-based model that ignore spatial correlations cannot capture this behaviour, while those that explicitly account for spatial correlations can. The results presented here show that the precise mechanism of domain growth can determine the long term behaviour of multispecies populations, and in certain circumstances, establish spatially varying species densities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number032416
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3-1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2017



  • Cell migration
  • Domain growth
  • Patterning

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