Specialization and bet hedging in heterogeneous populations.

TitleSpecialization and bet hedging in heterogeneous populations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRulands, S, Jahn, D, Frey, E
JournalPhys Rev Lett
Date Published2014 Sep 5

Phenotypic heterogeneity is a strategy commonly used by bacteria to rapidly adapt to changing environmental conditions. Here, we study the interplay between phenotypic heterogeneity and genetic diversity in spatially extended populations. By analyzing the spatiotemporal dynamics, we show that the level of mobility and the type of competition qualitatively influence the persistence of phenotypic heterogeneity. While direct competition generally promotes persistence of phenotypic heterogeneity, specialization dominates in models with indirect competition irrespective of the degree of mobility.

Alternate JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.