On spreading speeds and traveling waves for growth and migration models in a periodic habitat
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It is shown that the methods previously used by the author [Wei82] and by R. Lui [Lui89] to obtain asymptotic spreading results and sometimes the existence of traveling waves for a discrete-time recursion with a translation invariant order preserving operator can be extended to a recursion with a periodic order preserving operator. The operator can be taken to be the time-one map of a continuous time reaction-diffusion model, or it can be a more general model of time evolution in population genetics or population ecology in a periodic habitat. Methods of estimating the speeds of spreading in various directions will also be presented.
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