Abstract and Applied Analysis

Volume 2014, Article ID 357534, 9 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/357534

## Periodic Solutions of a Stage-Structured Plant-Hare Model with Toxin-Determined Functional Responses

^{1}Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004, China^{2}School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798

Received 8 April 2014; Revised 25 April 2014; Accepted 26 April 2014; Published 8 May 2014

Academic Editor: Tonghua Zhang

Copyright © 2014 Huicheng Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to obtain some sufficient conditions for the global existence of multiple positive periodic solutions of a delayed stage-structured plant-hare model with a toxin-determined functional response. Some novel estimation techniques to construct two open subsets for a priori bounds are employed.

#### 1. Introduction

A lot of classical predator-prey models have been well studied (e.g., see [1–12]). Recently, Gao et al. [13] considered a nonautonomous plant-hare dynamical system with a toxin-determined functional response given by where denotes the density of plant at time and denotes the herbivore biomass at time .

On the other hand, many experts argued that the predator-prey models should be modified to fit the more realistic environment. They suggested that one should take the stage structure factor into consideration. Because it is very unrealistic to assume that each individual predator admits the same ability of attacking in the classical predator-prey models. They divided the individuals into two stages in life history, namely, immature and mature stages, where the rate of the immature predator attacking the prey and the reproductive rate can be ignored, while the mature predators are responsible for the prey. For example, one can refer to [14, 15] and the references cited therein. To discuss the effects of Holling type IV functional responses on a stage-structured model, the authors in [16] proposed the following delayed system: However, Holling IV type functional response is not appropriate for the plant-hare model if we explore the impact of plant toxicity on the dynamics of plant-hare interactions. Because such kind of plant can produce toxicity to protect itself. Therefore, in the present paper, we discuss the stage-structured plant-hare model with toxin-determined functional response as follows: where denotes the density of the plant at time , is the density of immature individual hares at time , and denotes the density of mature individual hares at time , respectively; , , , , and are continuously positive periodic functions with period . is the conversion rate, is the encounter rate per hare, is the fraction of food items encountered that the hares ingest, measures the toxicity level, and is the time for handing one unit of plant. , , , and are positive real constants. is the intrinsic growth rate of the prey, is the density-dependent coefficient of the plant, and is the death rate of the mature hares.

For any continuous -periodic function , we always adopt the following notations throughout this paper: where is a continuous -periodic function.

The purpose of this paper is to obtain some sufficient conditions for the global existence of multiple positive periodic solutions of system (4). Our method is based on Mawhin’s coincidence degree and novel estimation techniques for a priori bounds of unknown solutions to . To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that a delayed stage-structured plant-hare dynamical system with a toxin-determined functional response has been proposed and studied by using this method.

*Remark 1. *The term in the third equation of (4) involves instead of ; the method used in [13] cannot be applied to system (4) directly. Thus, novel estimation techniques must be employed for a priori bounds of unknown solutions to the operator equation . More specifically, integrating the second equation of system (1) over , the authors in [13] obtained
It follows that
By some arguments, this inequality then leads them to
which implies that
where
It should be noted that it is possible to construct two open subsets and due to (9). The essential reason to obtain (9) is the inequality (7). In inequality (7), there is no variable and only one variable .

However, since the term is in the third equation of (4), by same arguments in [13], we will see that
Note that both and appear simultaneously in the above equality. If we were to use the same ideas in [13], then the above equality does not lead us anywhere. Thus, some new arguments should be employed to obtain a priori bounds for . To see how to overcome this difficulty, the reader can refer to (33)–(56) in Section 2.

*Remark 2. *It should be noted that the standard estimation techniques used in [16] are not applicable to the system (4) either, due to the term . If we were to use the standard arguments in [16], we can not obtain two positive roots of . Consequently, we can not construct two open subsets. Thus, we can not obtain two positive solutions in these two open subsets.

#### 2. Existence of Multiple Positive Periodic Solutions

In this section, we will study the existence of multiple periodic solutions of (4). We recall a few concepts and results from [17].

Lemma 3 (see [17]). *Let be an open bounded set. Let be a Fredholm mapping of index zero and -compact on . Assume*(a)*for each , , ;*(b)*for each , ;*(c)*.**Then has at least one solution in .*

Lemma 4. *If and are -periodic functions, then the system
**
has a unique -periodic solution which can be represented as .*

Throughout, we assume the following:(); ().

We further introduce six positive numbers which will be used later as follows: where . Under assumptions and , it is not difficult to show that

Theorem 5. *In addition to () and (), suppose that*()*.**Then system (4) has at least two positive -periodic solutions.*

*Proof. *Note that the first equation and the third equation of (4) can be separated from the whole system. Consider the following subsystem:
Make the change of variables
then system (16) can be rewritten as

Take
and define
here denotes the Euclidean norm. Then and are Banach spaces with the norm . Set
where . Further, is defined by
Define
It is not difficult to show that is a Fredholm mapping of index zero. Furthermore, the generalized inverse (to ) exists. Standard arguments show that is -compact on for any open bounded set .

Now, we will search for two appropriate open bounded subsets in order to apply the continuation theorem.

Corresponding to the operator equation , , we have

Suppose is a solution of (24) and (25) for a certain . Integrating (24), (25) over the interval , we obtain
It follows from , (24), and (26) that
that is,
Similarly, it follows from , (25), and (27) that
Since , there exist such that
Multiplying (25) by and integrating over , we obtain
that is,
It follows from (27), (33), and ; we see that
which implies
So
This, combined with (29), gives
In particular, we have
or
In view of , we have
Similarly, it follows from (33) that
which implies
that is,
So
This, combined with (29), gives
In particular, we have
or
It follows from that
From (29) and (40), we find
On the other hand, it follows from , (26), and (49) that
It follows from (50) that
This, combined with (30), gives
Moreover, because of , it follows from (51) that
This, combined with (30) again, gives
It follows from (53) and (55) that

Now, let us consider with
In view of , and , we can show that the equation has two distinct solutions
Choose such that
We define two open bounded subsets. Let
Then both and are bounded open subsets of . It follows from (16) and (59) that and . With the help of (16), (40), (48), (49), (56), and (59), it is easy to see that , and satisfies the requirement (a) in Lemma 3 for . Moreover, for . A direct computation gives . Here, is taken as the identity mapping since . So far we have proved that satisfies all the assumptions in Lemma 3. Hence, (16) has at least two -periodic solutions and with and . Obviously, and are different. Let , and , . Then, by (18), and are two different positive -periodic solutions of (4). By the periodicity of the coefficients of system (4), it is not difficult to verify that
is also -periodic. Then, from Lemma 4, we know that
has a unique -periodic solution denoted by . And
has a unique -periodic solution denoted by . Therefore, and are two different -periodic solutions of system (3). This completes the proof of Theorem 5.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Funding

This work is supported by JB12254.

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