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When higher carrying capacities lead to faster propagationuse asterix (*) to get italics
Marjorie Haond, Thibaut Morel-Journel, Eric Lombaert, Elodie Vercken, Ludovic Mailleret & Lionel RoquesPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>This preprint has been reviewed and recommended by Peer Community In Ecology ( Finding general patterns in the expansion of natural populations is a major challenge in ecology and invasion biology. Classical spatio-temporal models predict that the carrying capacity (*K*) of the environment should have no influence on the speed (*v*) of an expanding population. We tested the generality of this statement with reaction- diffusion equations, stochastic individual-based models, and microcosms experiments with *Trichogramma chilonis* wasps. We investigated the dependence between *K* and *v* under different assumptions: null model (Fisher-KPP-like assumptions), strong Allee effects, and positive density-dependent dispersal. These approaches led to similar and complementary results. Strong Allee effects, positive density-dependent dispersal and demographic stochasticity in small populations lead to a positive dependence between *K* and *v*. A positive correlation between carrying capacity and propagation speed might be more frequent than previously expected, and be the rule when individuals at the edge of a population range are not able to fully drive the expansion.</p> should fill this box only if you chose 'All or part of the results presented in this preprint are based on data'. URL must start with http:// or https://
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Expansion dynamics, Invasion biology, Propagation speed, Density-dependent dispersal, Allee effect, Demographic stochasticity, Experimental microcosms, Small populations, Pushed invasion
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Biological invasions, Colonization, Dispersal & Migration, Experimental ecology, Population ecology, Spatial ecology, Metacommunities & Metapopulations, Theoretical ecology
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2018-04-25 10:18:48
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