## Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics of Population Biology and Epidemiology

View this Special IssueResearch Article | Open Access

# Global Property in a Delayed Periodic Predator-Prey Model with Stage-Structure in Prey and Density-Independence in Predator

**Academic Editor:**Kaifa Wang

#### Abstract

We study the global property in a delayed periodic predator-prey model with stage-structure in prey and density-independence in predator. The sufficient conditions on the ultimate boundedness of all positive solutions are obtained, and the sufficient conditions of the integrable form for the permanence and extinction are further established, respectively. Some well-known results on the predator density-dependency are improved and extended to the predator density-independent cases. The theoretical results are confirmed by the special examples and the numerical simulations.

#### 1. Introduction

There are many different kinds of two-species predator-prey dynamical models in mathematical ecology. Particularly, two-species predator-prey model with stage-structure have been extensively studied by a large number of papers, see [1–5] and the reference cited therein. The main research topics include the persistence, permanence and extinction of species, the existence and the global asymptotic properties of positive periodic solutions in periodic case, and the global stability of models in general nonautonomous cases.

In [2], Cui and Song studied a periodic predator-prey system with stage-structure. They provided a sufficient and necessary condition to guarantee the permanence of species for the system. In [3], Cui and Takeuchi studied a periodic predator-prey system with stage-structure with function response. They provided a sufficient and necessary condition to guarantee the permanence of species for the system with infinite delay. Some known results are extended to the delay case.

So far, from these done works on the predator-prey model with stage-structure, the authors always assume that the predator is strictly density-dependent, which is much identical with the real biological background. On the other hand, the effect of periodically varying environment plays an important role in the permanence and extinction of species for the system (e.g., seasonal effects of climate, food supply, mating habits, hunting or harvesting seasons, etc.). Thus, the assumptions of periodicity of the parameters and system with time delay are effective ways to characterize and investigate population systems. Owing to many natural and man-made factors such as the low birth rate, high death rate, decreasing habitats, and the hunting of human beings, and the worse ecological system, some predator species become rare and even liable to extinction. For these predator species, we can ignore the effect of density-dependency. Up to now, there are some works on such investigation for the situation of predator density-independence. The authors always assume that the density of predator is proportional to the predation rate, the conversion rate of the immature prey biomass into predator biomass, and the death rate of predator. Predator density-independece is reasonable to the real ecosystem.

To our knowledge, few scholars consider the delayed periodic predator-prey models with stage-structure in prey and density-independence in predator. In this paper, we consider the following system: Our purpose in this paper is to establish sufficient conditions of integrable form for the permanence and extinction of species for system (1). By using the analysis method, the comparison theorem of cooperative system, and the theory of the persistence of dynamical systems, the integral form criteria on the ultimate boundedness, permanence, and extinction are established. The method used in this paper is motivated by the works on the permanence and extinction for periodic predator-prey systems in patchy environment given by Teng and Chen in [5].

The organization of this paper is as follows. In the next section, the basic assumptions for system (1), some notations, and lemmas which will be used in the later sections are introduced as the preliminaries. In Section 3, the main results of this paper are stated. In Section 4, the proofs of the main theorems are given. In Section 5, the theoretical results are confirmed by some special examples and the numerical simulations. Finally, a conclusion is given in Section 6.

#### 2. Preliminaries

In system (1), represent the population density of the infancy prey and maturity prey at time , respectively, and represents the population density of predator species at time which only prey on infancy prey . Functions , , , , , , , and are periodic and continuous defined on with common period , and , , , , and are also positive, where , , and denote the birthrate, mortality, and density restriction of infancy prey at time , respectively, denotes the transformation from the infancy prey to the maturity prey at time , denotes the mortality and density restriction of maturity prey at time , denotes the predation rate in which the predator captures the infancy prey at time , is the mortality of predator at time , and denotes the transformation from the infancy prey to the predator by the assimilation. Functions are nonnegative and integrable on and . Function , the number of the prey consumed per predator in unit time, is called the predator functional response. In this paper, we always assume that is continuous differentiable function and .

We define set as follows: For any , the norm is defined by . Motivated by the biological background of system (1), in this paper, we always assume that the solutions of system (1) satisfy the following initial conditions: where . It is easy to prove that the right functional of system (1) is continuous and satisfies a local Lipschitz condition with respect to . Therefore, by the fundamental theory of functional differential equations (see [6–8]), for any , system (1) has a unique solution satisfying initial condition (3). It is also easy to prove that the solution is positive; that is, and in its maximal interval of existence. In this paper, such a solution of system (1) is called a positive solution.

Let be a -periodic continuous function defined on , we define

Consider the following differential equations system: where functions , , , , and are positive periodic and continuous defined on with common period . We have the following result.

Lemma 1 (see [9]). *System (5) has a positive -periodic solution which is globally asymptotically stable.*

*Remark 2. *Directly from system (5), we can obtain that when we increase coefficients and , or decrease coefficients , , and , then and will largen. Otherwise, and will decrease.

When the predator species in system (1), we obtain the following subsystem of system (1):
It is clear that the solution of system (6) with initial value is positive for all . We further have the following result as a corollary of Lemma 1.

Corollary 3. *System (6) has a positive -periodic solution which is globally asymptotically stable.*

*Remark 4. *As a direct consequence of Corollary 3, we see that system (1) has a predator extinction periodic solution .

*Remark 5. *Obviously, from Remark 2, by increasing coefficients and , or decreasing coefficients , , and , we can see that and will largen. Otherwise, and will decrease.

For system (1), we introduce the following basic assumptions:; and ; for all , and .

Let be a complete metric space with metric . Suppose that is a continuous map. For any , we denote for any integer and . is said to be compact in , if for any bounded set set is precompact in . is said to be point dissipative if there is a bounded set such that for any . Consider
For any , the positive semiorbit through is defined by , the negative semiorbit through is defined as a sequence satisfying for integers , and its -limit set is ; there is a time sequence such that and its -limit set is ; there is a time sequence such that .

A nonempty set is said to be invariant if . nonempty invariant set of is called to be isolated in , if it is the maximal invariant set in a neighborhood of itself. For a nonempty set of , set is called the stable set of .

Let and be two isolated invariant sets; set is said to be chained to set , written as , if there exists a full orbit though some such that and . A finite sequence of isolated invariant sets is called a chain, if , and if , the chain is called a cycle.

Let and be nonempty open set and nonempty closed set of , respectively, and satisfying . We denote

Lemma 6. *Let be a continuous map. Assume that the following conditions hold:** is compact and point dissipative, and ;** there exists a finite sequence of compact and isolated invariant sets such that*(a)* for any and ;*(b)*;*(c)*no subset of forms a cycle in ;*(d)* for each .**Then is uniformly persistent with respect to ; that is, there exists a constant such that for all .*

Lemma 6 can be obtained from Theorem 1.1.3, Theorem 1.3.1, Remark 1.3.1, and Theorem 1.3.3 given by Zhao in [10].

#### 3. Main Results

Firstly, concerning the persistence and permanence of species for system (1), we have the following general result.

Theorem 7. *Suppose that hold. Then there exists a positive constant such that
**
for any positive solution of system (1).*

*Remark 8. *Let us see the biological meaning of Theorem 7. In fact, if the predator species is not ultimately bounded, then the population density of predator species will expand unlimitedly. Since the predation rate of predator species for prey species is strictly positive (i.e., in assumption ), the prey species will become extinct because of the massive preying by the predator species. Since the survival of predator is absolutely dependent on the prey species, as an opposite result, the predator species will become extinct too.

However, if the predation rate of the predator species is not strictly positive, that is, , then it cannot lead to extinction when the population density of predator species expands unlimitedly. Therefore, an important open question is whether we can still obtain the boundedness of predator species which is density-independent when .

Theorem 9. *Suppose that hold. If
**
where is the positive -periodic solution of system (6), then system (1) is uniformly persistent. That is, there exists a positive constant , such that any solution of system (1) with initial condition (3) satisfies
*

*Remark 10. *Theorem 9 shows that if we guarantee that hold, then the prey species must be permanent. In fact, if the prey species is not permanent, then it may be extinct, as a result the predator species will be extinct too because its survival is absolutely dependent on . However, when predator species become extinct, prey species will not turn to extinction, because shows that has a total positive average growth rate.

*Remark 11. *From Lemma 1, we know that, when there is no predator species , the prey species will approach a positive periodic solution stable state . When there is predator species , Theorem 9 shows that if the positive periodic stable state of prey species can guarantee that predator species obtain a positive total average growth rate, that is, condition (10), then predator species will be permanent.

Theorem 12. *Suppose that hold. If
**
then for any positive solution of system (1), and , as .*

*Remark 13. *Theorem 12 shows that when the prey species approach a positive periodic solution stable state , the predator species can only obtain a negative total average growth rate, that is, condition (12), then will be extinct.

Lastly, from Theorems 9 and 7 given by Teng and Chen in [11] on the existence of positive periodic solutions for general Kolmogorov systems with bounded delays, we have the following result.

Corollary 14. *Suppose that hold. If
**
then system (1) has at least a positive -periodic solution.*

*Remark 15. *In this paper we obtain the existence of the positive periodic solutions for system (1) under the assumption that all parameters are with common periodicity. However, considering all parameters fluctuating in time with the same period is unrealistic, because it will be more realistic if we allow time fluctuations with different period or even non-period with some almost periodic environment, which will be more identical with the sound ecosystem. Therefore, there is a very important open question that is whether the same result given in Lemma 1 will be true under the assumption that the parameter in system (1) is almost periodic.

*Remark 16. *From Remark 5 we know that by increasing coefficients and or decreasing coefficients , , and , then and will largen. This shows that by increasing coefficients and or decreasing coefficients , , and , we can get that
increases. Thus, condition (12) can be changed to condition (10). Therefore, from Theorems 9 and 12, we obtain that predator will become into the permanence from the quondam extinction. This shows that the stage-structure in the prey (i.e., the birthrate, mortality, density restriction of infancy prey, the transformation from the infancy prey to the maturity prey, and the mortality and density restriction of maturity prey) will bring the effect for the permanence and extinction of the predator.

*Remark 17. *System (1) is a pure delay system with respect to . We cannot use the variable without time delay to control the variable with time delay. This shows that it is very difficult to get the global attractivity of system (1). We will discuss this problem in the future.

*Remark 18. *An important open question is that what results will be obtained with the condition
Is it the permanence of system (1) or the extinction of predator ?

When system (1) degenerates into the nondelayed system of ordinary differential equations, that is, in system (1) , then we have
we can see that the above assumptions for system (16) will have the following forms:. and . and for .

Therefore, as special cases of Theorems 7–12 we have the following results for system (16).

Corollary 19. *Suppose that hold. Then there exists a positive constant such that
**
for any positive solution of system (16).*

Corollary 20. *Suppose that hold. If
**
then system (16) is uniformly persistent, where is the positive -periodic solution of system (6).*

Corollary 21. *Suppose that hold. If
**
then for any positive solution of system (16), and as .*

#### 4. Proof of Theorems

*Proof of Theorem 7. *For any positive solution of system (1), we have
By the vector comparison theorem (see [12, 13]) and Corollary 3, we can obtain that for any there is a such that
This leads to
where .

Next, we prove that there exists a positive constant such that
And, from and , we can choose positive constants and such that
We firstly prove that
Otherwise, there exists a positive constant such that for all . If for all , then, for any , we have by (24)
Integrating (27) from to we have
which implies to as . This leads a contradiction. Therefore, there is a such that . Now, we prove that for all . Otherwise, there exists a such that and for all . Then, we have . On the other hand, from the first equation of system (1), a similar calculation as in (27), we have
which leads to a contradiction. Thus, for all . For any , we choose an integer such that . Obviously, as . From the third equation of system (1) we have
where . Hence, from (25), we obtain as . This leads to a contradiction. Thus, (26) holds.

Now, we prove that (23) is true. Otherwise, there is a sequence of initial functions for system (1) such that
In view of (26), for each , there are time sequences and , satisfying and as , such that
By the ultimate boundedness of , for each , there is a constant such that for all . Further, for each there is such that for all . Hence, for all , directly from system (1) we have
where . Consequently, by (32) we have
Hence, for any constant , there is a such that for all and . For any fixed and , we prove that there must be such that . Otherwise, if for all , then, directly from system (1), we have by (24) and (33). Consider
We can choose enough large such that . Integrating this inequality from to , we have
This leads to a contradiction. Next, we prove for all . Otherwise, there is a such that and for all . Then, we have . On the other hand, a similar calculation as in (36), we have
This leads to a contradiction. Therefore, for all for all and . From (32) and (33), we have
From (25) we can choose large enough constant such that
for all . Hence, from (39) we finally obtain a contradiction . This shows that (23) holds. Choose a constant . Then we obtain that the conclusion of Theorem 7 is true. This completes the proof.

*Proof of Theorem 9. *We will use Lemma 6 to prove this theorem. We choose space
and sets and are defined by
For any , let be the solution of system (1) with initial value at . We define continuous map in Lemma 6 as follows:
where with .

Now, we verify that all the conditions of Lemma 6 will be satisfied for map . It is easy to see that and are positively invariant. From the expression of right side functional of system (1), we can directly obtain that, for any bounded set , there is a constant such that for all and . By the Ascoli-Arzela theorem, it implies that map is compact on ; that is, for any bounded set , set is precompact. Moreover, by Theorem 7, we obtain that map is also point dissipative on .

Further, we define
where for all and . Obviously, we have .

Denote by the -limit set of solution of system (1) starting at with initial value . Let
From Remark 2, there is a fixed point of map in , which is .

From (10), we can choose a constant such that

By the continuity of solutions with respect to the initial value, for the above given constant , there exists such that for all with , it follows that
Now, we prove
Suppose the conclusion is not true, then
for some . Without loss of generality, we can assume that
Further, from (47) we have
For any , let , where and are the greatest integers less than or equal to , then we can get
Since , , , and , for all , it follows from (52) that, for all ,
Then, by the third equation of system (1), we get, for any ,
Therefore, we further have, for any ,
From (46) we can directly obtain that , which leads to a contradiction. Therefore, claim (48) holds. This shows that

From Lemma 1 we can obtain that is a global attractor of map in ; that is, each orbit of map in converges to . Hence, is isolated in , and, hence, in by (56). Furthermore, also is invariant and does not form a cycle in and, hence, in .

Therefore, all the conditions of Lemma 6 are satisfied. By Lemma 6 we finally obtain that map is uniformly persistent with respect to . Further, from Theorem 3.1.1 given in [10], we can obtain that all positive solutions of system (1) are uniformly persistent. This completes the proof.

*Proof of Theorem 12. *From (12), we can choose a constant , such that
We first show that for any positive solution of system (1) . Since
for all . By the comparison theorem and Corollary 3, we obtain that, for any , there is a such that

For any , from system (1), we have
From (57) and (60), we obtain that .

Consider the following system with a parameter :
From Lemma 1 we obtain that (61) has a unique globally asymptotically stable positive -periodic solution . By the continuity of solutions with respect to the parameter, we further obtain
where is the globally asymptotically stable positive -periodic solution of system (6). Therefore, for any there is an such that, for all ,

Let , then, from assumption , we obtain , where is given in Theorem 7. Since , there is a such that for all . Hence, for any , we have
From the comparison theorem and Lemma 1, we can obtain that there is a such that, for all ,
Combining (59), we finally obtain that, for all ,
Therefore, . This completes the proof.

#### 5. Examples and Numerical Simulations

In order to testify the validity of results, we consider the following predator-prey system. The system was obtained by letting and in system (1). Consider The corresponding prey subsystem is

*Example 1. *In system (67), we let , , , , , , , , , , and . We take different initial functions for all . We easily verify that assumptions – hold. Therefore, from Lemma 1, system (68) has a unique globally asymptotically stable positive periodic solution . By the numerical simulations, we get that the upper and lower bounds of periodic function are 2.87 and 1, respectively.

It is easy to verify that condition (10) in Theorem 9 also holds. Therefore, from Theorem 9 and Corollary 14, we obtain that system (67) is ultimately bounded and permanent and at least has a positive periodic solution. The numerical simulations of the above results can be seen in Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4.

*Remark 1. *There is an open question: from Figure 3, we see that of system (1) has more than one periodic solution. So, we cannot get a globally asymptotically stability solution of system (1). Whether we can get a globally asymptotically stability solution of system (1) under some conditions is our future work.

*Example 2. *In system (67), the coefficients , , , , , and are given as in Example 1. But, the other coefficients in system (67) are given as the following different values: , , , , and . We see that coefficients and are decreased and coefficients , , and are increased. From Corollary 3, system (68) has a unique globally asymptotically stable positive periodic solution . Moreover, compared with Example 1, we easily see that and will decrease. Further, we easily verify that assumptions – hold. It is easy to verify that condition (10) in Theorem 9 does not hold, but condition (12) in Theorem 12 holds. Therefore, from Theorem 12, we obtain that predator in system (67) will become into extinction. The numerical simulations of the above results can be seen in Figures 5 and 6 by taking initial function for all .

*Remark 2. *From the numerical simulations given in Examples 1 and 2, we see that the stage-structure in the prey, specially the birthrate, mortality, density restriction of infancy prey, the transformation from the infancy prey to the maturity prey, and the mortality and density restriction of maturity prey, will bring the very obvious effect for the permanence and extinction of the predator.

*Example 3. *In system (67), , , , , , , , , and are given as in Example 1, but and . We take initial function for all . We easily verify that assumptions – hold. From Example 1, system (68) has a unique globally asymptotically stable positive periodic solution , and the upper and lower bounds of periodic function are 2.87 and 1, respectively.

It is easy to verify that condition (10) in Theorem 9 does not hold. Therefore, Theorem 9 and Corollary 14 are invalid. Numerical simulations of the above results can be seen in Figures 7 and 8. From Figure 7, we see that the prey species is permanent; the predator species is permanent, too.

*Example 4. *In system (67), , , , , , , , , and are given as in Example 1, but and . We take initial function for all . We easily verify that assumptions – hold. Therefore, from Lemma 1, system (68) has a unique globally asymptotically stable positive periodic solution . By the numerical simulations, we get that the upper and lower bounds of periodic function are 2.87 and 1, respectively.

Take the upper bounds of periodic function into condition (10), we easily verify that condition (10) in Theorem 9 will hold. But we obtain that predator in system (67) is extinct. The numerical simulations of the above results can be seen in Figures 9 and 10. From Figure 9, we see that the prey species is permanent, while the predator species turns to extinction.

*Example 5. *In systems (67), , , , , , , , , and are given as in Example 1, but and