Dynamics of plant communities in drylands: a pattern formation approach Academic Article uri icon


  • A mathematical model for the dynamics of plant communities in drylands is described and studied using concepts and tools of pattern formation theory. The model bears on a variety of topics of current interest in ecology, including vegetation patchiness in arid and semiarid regions, catastrophic shifts, negative vs. positive plant interactions, niche theory and species richness. More specifically, the model (i) reproduces field observations of various vegetation patterns, such as spots, stripes and gaps,(ii) reproduces observed changes from plant …

publication date

  • January 1, 2007