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ACEs In Spaces: Autocatalytic Chemical Ecosystems In Spatial Settings
Autocatalysis is thought to have played an important role in the earliest stages of the origin of life. An autocatalytic cycle’s (AC) constituent chemicals can collectively catalyze their own recreation.
When the reactions of multiple, interacting ACs are active in a region of space, they form an autocatalytic chemical ecosystem (ACE). Previous work demonstrated that, in chemostats, interactions between ACs in ACEs can be framed as analogous to those between species in biological ecosystems.
Here, we extend this framework to investigate the effects of surface adsorption, desorption, and diffusion on ACE ecology. Simulating ACEs as particle-based stochastic reaction-diffusion systems in spatial settings, including open, two-dimensional reaction-diffusion systems and adsorptive mineral surfaces, we demonstrate that spatial structure can support more coexisting ACs and expose new AC traits to selection.
Alex M. Plum, David A. Baum
Subjects: Populations and Evolution (q-bio.PE)
Cite as: arXiv:2212.14445 [q-bio.PE] (or arXiv:2212.14445v1 [q-bio.PE] for this version)
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