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Dynamics of a Predator-Prey System Concerning Biological and Chemical Controls

Journal of Inequalities and Applications20102010:598495

  • Received: 25 August 2010
  • Accepted: 13 November 2010
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We investigate an impulsive predator-prey system with Monod-Haldane type functional response and control strategies, especially, biological and chemical controls. Conditions for the stability of the prey-free positive periodic solution and for the permanence of the system are established via the Floquet theory and comparison theorem. Numerical examples are also illustrated to substantiate mathematical results and to show that the system could give birth to various kinds of dynamical behaviors including periodic doubling, and chaotic attractor. Finally, in discussion section, we consider the dynamic behaviors of the system when the growth rate of the prey varies according to seasonal effects.


  • Natural Enemy
  • Integrate Pest Management
  • Periodic Doubling
  • Intrinsic Growth Rate
  • Impulsive Differential Equation

1. Introduction

In recent years controlling insects and other arthropods has become an increasingly complex issue. There are many ways that can be used to help control the population of insect pests. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest control strategy that uses an array of complementary methods: natural predators and parasites, pest-resistant varieties, cultural practices, biological controls, various physical techniques, and the strategic use of pesticides.

Chemical control is one of simple methods for pest control. Pesticides are often useful because they quickly kill a significant portion of a pest population. However, there are many deleterious effects associated with the use of chemicals that need to be reduced or eliminated. These include human illness associated with pesticide applications, insect resistance to insecticides, contamination of soil and water, and diminution of biodiversity. As a result, it is required that we should combine pesticide efficacy tests with other ways of control. Another important way to control pest populations is biological control. It is defined as the reduction of pest populations by natural enemies and typically involves an active human role. Natural enemies of insect pests, also known as biological control agents, include predators, parasites, and pathogens. Virtually all pests have some natural enemies, and the key to successful pest control is to identify the pest and its natural enemies and release them at fixed times for pest control. Biological control can be an important component of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. Such different pest control tactics should work together rather than against each other to accomplish an IPM program successfully [1, 2].

On the other hand, the relationship between pest and natural enemy can be expressed a predator(natural enemy)-prey(pest) system mathematically as follows:
where and represent the population density of the prey and the predator at time , respectively. Usually, is called the carrying capacity of the prey. The constant is called intrinsic growth rate of the prey. The constants , are the conversion rate and the death rate of the predator, respectively. The function is the functional response of the predator which means prey eaten per predator per unit of time. Many scholars have studied such predator-prey systems with functional response, such as Holling-type [35], Beddington-type [69], and Ivlev-type [1012]. One of well-known function response is of Monod-Haldane type [4, 5, 13]. The predator-prey system with Monod-Haldane type is described by the following differential equation:
Therefore, to accomplish the aims discussed above, we need to consider impulsive differential equation as follows:

where the parameters and are the periods of the impulsive immigration or stock of the predator, present the fraction of the prey which dies due to the harvesting or pesticides and so forth, and is the size of immigration or stock of the predator.

In fact, impulsive control methods can be found in almost every field of applied sciences. The theoretical investigation and its application analysis can be found in Bainov and Simeonov [14], Lakshmikantham et al. [15]. Moreover, the impulsive differential equations dealing with biological population dynamics are literate in [1621]. In particular, Zhang et al. [20] studied the system (1.3) without chemical control. That is, . They investigated the abundance of complex dynamics of the system (1.3) theoretically and numerically.

The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the dynamics of the system (1.3). In Section 3, we study qualitative properties of the system (1.3). In fact, we show the local stability of the prey-free periodic solution under some conditions and give a sufficient condition for the permanence of the system (1.3) by applying the Floquet theory. In Section 4 we numerically investigate the system (1.3) to figure out the influences of impulsive perturbations on inherent oscillation. Finally, in Section 5, we consider the dynamic behaviors of the system when the growth rate of the prey varies according to seasonal effects.

2. Basic Definitions and Lemmas

Before stating our main results, firstly, we give some notations, definitions and lemmas which will be useful for our main results.

Let , and . Denote as the set of all of nonnegative integers and as the right hand of the system (1.3). Let , then is said to be in a class if

(1) is continuous in and ,

and exists for each ;

(2) is locally Lipschitzian in .

Definition 2.1.

Let and . The upper right derivative of with respect to the impulsive differential system (1.3) is defined as

It is from [15] that the smoothness properties of guarantee the global existence and uniqueness of solutions to the system (1.3).

We will use a comparison inequality of impulsive differential equations. Suppose that satisfies the following hypotheses:
  1. (H)
    is continuous on and the limits , exist and are finite for and .

Lemma 2.2 (see [15]).

Suppose that and
where satisfies and are nondecreasing for all . Let be the maximal solution for the impulsive Cauchy problem

defined on . Then implies that , where is any solution of (2.3).

Similar result can be obtained when all conditions of the inequalities in the Lemma 2.2 are reversed. Note that if we have some smoothness conditions of to guarantee the existence and uniqueness of the solutions for (2.4), then is exactly the unique solution of (2.4).

From Lemma 2.2, it is easily proven that the following lemma holds.

Lemma 2.3.

Let be a solution of the system (1.3). Then one has the following:

(1)if then for all ;

(2)if then for all .

It follows from Lemma 2.3 that the positive quadrant is an invariant region of the system (1.3).

Even if the Floquet theory is well known, we would like to mention the theory to study the stability of the prey-free periodic solution as a solution of the system (1.3). For this, we present the Floquet theory for the linear -periodic impulsive equation:

Then we introduce the following conditions.

()   and , where is a set of all piecewise continuous matrix functions which is left continuous at , and is a set of all matrices.

()   , .

()   There exists a such that .

Let be a fundamental matrix of (2.5), then there exists a unique nonsingular matrix such that

By equality (2.6) there corresponds to the fundamental matrix and the constant matrix which we call the monodromy matrix of (2.5) (corresponding to the fundamental matrix of ). All monodromy matrices of (2.5) are similar and have the same eigenvalues. The eigenvalues of the monodromy matrices are called the Floquet multipliers of (2.5).

Lemma 2.4 (Floquet theory [14]).

Let conditions (H1)–(H3) hold. Then the linear -periodic impulsive equation (2.5) is

(1)stale if and only if all multipliers of (2.5) satisfy the inequality , and moreover, to those for which , there correspond simple elementary divisors;

(2)asymptotically stable if and only if all multipliers of (2.5) satisfy the inequality ;

(3)unstable if for some .

3. Mathematical Analysis

In this section, we have focused on two main subjects, one is about the extinction of the prey and the other is about the coexistence of the prey and the predator. For the extinction, we have found out a condition that the population of the prey goes to zero as time goes by via the study of the stability of a prey-free periodic solution. For example, if the prey is regarded as a pest, it is important to figure out when the population of the prey dies out. For the reason, it is necessary to consider the stability of the prey-free periodic solution. On the other hand, for the coexistence, we have investigated that the populations of the prey and the predator become positive and finite under certain conditions.

3.1. Stability for a Prey-Free Periodic Solution

First of all, in order to study the extinction of the prey, the existence of a prey-free solution to the system (1.3) should be guaranteed. For the reason, we give some basic properties of the following impulsive differential equation which comes from the system (1.3) by setting
The system (3.1) is a periodically forced linear system; it is easy to obtain from elementary calculations that
, is a positive periodic solution of (3.1). Moreover, we can figure out that

is the solution of (3.1). From (3.2) and (3.3), the following results can be easily obtained without the proof.

Lemma 3.1.

For every solution and every positive periodic solution of the system (3.1), it follows that tend to as . Thus, the complete expression for the prey-free periodic solution of the system (1.3) is obtained .

Now, in the next theorem, the stability of the periodic solution is investigated.

Theorem 3.2.

Let be any solution of the system (1.3). Then the prey-free periodic solution is locally asymptotically stable if


The local stability of the periodic solution of the system (1.3) may be determined by considering the behavior of small amplitude perturbations of the solution. Define . Then they may be written as
where satisfies
and , the identity matrix. So the fundamental solution matrix is
The resetting impulsive condition of the system (1.3) becomes
Note that all eigenvalues of
are and . Since
the condition is equivalent to the equation

According to Lemma 2.4, is locally stable.

Remark 3.3.
  1. (1)

    It follows from Theorem 3.2 that the population of the prey could be controlled by using chemical or biological control parameters, , , if the other parameters are fixed. (2) Figure 2 illustrates this phenomenon.


3.2. Permanence

It might be difficult to find out a necessary condition for the stability of the prey-free periodic solution . Due to this fact, it is natural to have a question what a condition that makes all species coexist is. Before answering the question, first of all, we introduce a definition which keeps the concept of coexistence of the prey and the predator.

Definition 3.4.

The system (1.3) is permanent if there exists such that, for any solution of the system (1.3) with ,

From a biological point of view, the populations of the prey and the predator in the system (1.3) cannot increase up to infinity due to restriction of resources. To show this phenomenon for the system (1.3) mathematically, we prove that all solutions to the system (1.3) are uniformly ultimately bounded in the next proposition.

Proposition 3.5.

There is an such that for all large enough, where is a solution of the system (1.3).


Let be a solution of the system (1.3) and let . Then , if and
When , and when , . Clearly, the right hand of (3.13), is bounded when . So we can choose and such that
By Lemma 2.2, we can obtain that

for . Therefore, is bounded by a constant for sufficiently large . Hence there is an such that for a solution with all large enough.

Thanks to Proposition 3.5, we have only to prove the existence of a positive lower bound for the populations of the prey and the predator to justify the system is permanent.

Theorem 3.6.

The system (1.3) is permanent if


Suppose is any solution of the system (1.3) with . From Proposition 3.5, we may assume that , , and . Let , . So, it is easily induced from Lemma 3.1 that for all large enough. Now we shall find an such that for all large enough. We will do this in the following two steps.

Step 1.

we can choose , small enough such that and .  Suppose that for all . Then we get from above assumptions. By Lemma 2.2, we have and , , where is the solution of
Then there exists such that for . So we obtain that

for . Let and . Integrating (3.20) on , , we have . Then we have as which is a contradiction. Hence there exists a such that .

Step 2.

If for all , then we are done. If not, we may let . Then for and, by the continuity of , we have . In this step, we have only to consider two possible cases.

Case 1.

for some . Then . Select such that and , where . Let . In this case we will show that there exists such that . Otherwise, by (3.18) with , we have
and . So we get and for . Also we get to know that
for . As in Step 1, we have
Since , we have
for . Integrating (3.24) on we have

Thus which is a contradiction. Now, let = . Then for and . So, we have, for , .

Case 2.

, . Suppose that , . There are two possible cases for .If for all , similar to (Case 1), we can prove there must be a such that . Here we omit it. Let . Then for and . For , we have . So, and for . If there exists a such that . Let . Then for and . For , we have .

Thus in both case the similar argument can be continued since for some . This completes the proof.

Remark 3.7.
  1. (1)

    Figures 1 and 7 are numerical evidences which satisfy the conditions of Theorem 3.6. (2) Theorem 2.1 and 2.3 in [20] can be obtained as corollaries of Theorem 3.2 and 3.6, respectively, by taking in the system (1.3).

Figure 1
Figure 1

Phase portrait of a -period solution of (1. 3) for .

Figure 2
Figure 2

Dynamical behavior of (1. 3) with . (a) is plotted. (b) is plotted.

4. Numerical Analysis on Impulsive Perturbations

It is well known that the continuous system (1.3) cannot be solved explicitly. Thus we should study the system (1.3) by using numerical method and research the long-term behavior of the solutions to get more information about the dynamic behaviors of the system (1.3). We thus numerically investigate the influence of impulsive perturbation. For this, we fix the parameters except the control parameters , and as follows:

It is from [5] that the system (1.3) with and has an unique limit cycle. Moreover, Figure 1 shows that the phase portrait of the system (1.3) with , , and has a limit cycle too. From Theorem 3.2, we know that the prey-free periodic solution is locally asymptotically stable provided that . A typical prey-free periodic solution of the system (1.3) is shown in Figure 2, where we observe how the variable oscillates in a stable cycle while the prey rapidly decreases to zero. On the other hand, if the amount of releasing species is smaller than , then the prey and the predator can coexist on a stable positive periodic solution (see Figure 1) and the system (1.3) can be permanent, which follows from Theorem 3.6.

Now we investigate the effect of impulsive perturbations. In Figure 3, we displayed bifurcation diagrams for the prey and predator populations as increasing from 0 to 13 with an initial value . The resulting bifurcation diagram clearly show that the system (1.3) has rich dynamics including cycles, periodic doubling bifurcation, chaotic bands, periodic window, and period-halving bifurcation. Figures 4 and 5 are the magnified parts of Figure 3, and the windows of periodic behaviors are more visible.
Figure 3
Figure 3

Bifurcation diagrams of (1. 3) for ranging from . (a) is plotted. (b) is plotted.

Figure 4
Figure 4

Bifurcation diagrams of (1. 3) for ranging from . (a) is plotted. (b) is plotted.

Figure 5
Figure 5

Bifurcation diagrams of (1. 3) for ranging from . (a) is plotted. (b) is plotted.

As is evident from Figure 3, the solutions of the system (1.3) are -periodic when and and -periodic when . Generally, periodic doubling leads to chaos. We can take a local view of this phenomenon in Figure 4. But Figures 4 and 6 show the route to chaos through the cascade of period four. This phenomenon is caused by sudden changes when . We can also find such phenomena when , and so on. One of interesting things is that they can lead to non-unique attractors. In fact, Figure 7 exhibits the existence of multiattractors when . These results show that just one parameter could give rise to multiple attractors. Narrow periodic windows and wide periodic windows are intermittently scattered (see Figure 3). At the end of the chaotic region, there is a cascade of period-halving bifurcation from chaos to one cycle. (see Figures 5 and 8). Periodic halving is the flip bifurcation in the opposite direction.
Figure 6
Figure 6

Phase portrait of (1. 3). (a) . (b) . (c) . (d) .

Figure 7
Figure 7

Coexistence of solutions when . (a) Solution with initial values . (b) Solution with initial values .

Figure 8
Figure 8

Period-halving bifurcation from -periodic solutions to cycles of (1. 3). (a) Phase portrait of a -period solution for . (b) Phase portrait of a -period solution for . (c) Phase portrait of a -period solution for .

5. Discussion

In this paper, we have studied the effects of control strategies on a predator-prey system with Monod-Haldane type functional response. Conditions for the system to be extinct are given by using the Floquet theory of impulsive differential equation and small amplitude perturbation skills. Also, it is proved that the system the system (1.3) is permanent via the comparison theorem. Moreover, numerical examples on impulsive perturbations have been illustrated to substantiate our mathematical results and to show that the system we have considered in this paper gives birth to various kinds of dynamical behaviors.

Actually, in the real world, there are a number of environmental factors we should consider to describe the world more realistically. Among them, seasonal effect on the prey is one of the most important factors in the ecological systems. There are many ways to apply such phenomena in an ecological system [22, 23]. In this context, we think about the intrinsic growth rate in the system (1.3) as periodically varying function of time due to seasonal variation, which is superimposed as follows:
where the parameter represents the degree of seasonality, is the magnitude of the perturbation in and is the angular frequency of the fluctuation caused by seasonality. Now, the system (1.3) can be changed as follows:

And then we get the following results via similar methods used in the previous sections.

Theorem 5.1.

Let be any solution of the system (5.2). Then the prey-free periodic solution is locally asymptotically stable if

Proposition 5.2.

There is an such that for all large enough, where is a solution of the system (5.2).

Theorem 5.3.

The system (5.2) is permanent if

Thus, the seasonal effect on the prey may have also deeply influences on dynamics of the system (1.3).



The first author is supported by Catholic University of Daegu Research Grant. The second author was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2010-0004426).

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Mathematics Education, Catholic University of Daegu, Kyongsan, 712-702, Republic of Korea
Department of Mathematics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701, Republic of Korea


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