Travelling front solutions arising in the chemotaxis-growth model

  • Masayasu Mimura

    Meiji University, Kawasaki, Japan
  • Mitsuo Funaki

    Hiroshima National College of Maritime Technology, Japan
  • Tohru Tsujikawa

    Miyazaki University, Japan


We consider a bistable reaction-diffusion-advection system describing the growth of biological individuals which move by diffusion and chemotaxis. We use the singular limit procedure to study the dynamics of growth patterns arising in this system. It is shown that travelling front solutions are transversally stable when the chemotactic effect is weak and, when it becomes stronger, they are destabilized. Numerical simulations reveal that the destabilized solution evolves into complex patterns with dynamic network-like structures.

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Masayasu Mimura, Mitsuo Funaki, Tohru Tsujikawa, Travelling front solutions arising in the chemotaxis-growth model. Interfaces Free Bound. 8 (2006), no. 2, pp. 223–245

DOI 10.4171/IFB/141