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Dynamic Analysis of a Phytoplankton-Fish Model with Biological and Artificial Control
We investigate a nonlinear model of the interaction between phytoplankton and fish, which uses a pair of semicontinuous systems with biological and artificial control. First, the existence of an order-1 periodic solution to the system is analyzed using a Poincaré map and a geometric method. The stability conditions of the order-1 periodic solution are obtained by a theoretical mathematical analysis. Furthermore, based on previous analysis, we investigate the bifurcation in the order-1 periodic solution and prove that the order-1 periodic solution breaks up an order-1 periodic solution at least. In addition, the transcritical bifurcation of the system is described. Finally, we provide a series of numerical results that illustrate the feasibility of the theoretical results. Based on the theoretical and numerical results, we analyzed the feasibility of biological and artificial control, which showed that biological and artificial methods can control phytoplankton blooms. These results are expected to be useful for the study of phytoplankton dynamics in aquatic ecosystems.
Phytoplankton plays an important role in ecology and the climate because it participates in the global carbon cycle as the base of the food chain . A feature of plankton populations is the occurrence of rapid population explosions and almost equally rapid declines, which are separated by periods of almost stationary high or low population levels . This phenomenon is known as a “bloom.” In specific environmental conditions, lakes, reservoir, and marine waters may experience plankton or algae blooms [3, 4]. For example, eutrophication may cause blue-green algae, which are very small plankton species with rapid rates of reproduction, to bloom frequently in the Zeya Reservoir in Wenzhou, which is located in a subtropical region. This may degrade the water quality and could deprive millions of people of drinking water. In particular, some types of phytoplankton are rich in neurotoxins, which can cause substantial mortality in fish, while the toxins absorbed by shellfish may cause paralysis and death in sea birds and humans . Thus, it is very important to control the growth of phytoplankton.
In general, physical methods (e.g., artificial refloatation and removal using machines), chemical methods (e.g., adding chemical reagents to the water), and biological methods (e.g., releasing natural enemies or competitors) are used to kill phytoplankton or restrain their growth when blooms occur. However, physical methods are rarely effective in preventing phytoplankton blooms, while chemical methods may cause secondary pollution. Furthermore, the phytoplankton continues to reproduce when the concentration of chemical reagents in the water drops to certain levels. In particular, when the chemical reagents beyond a certain level, the algae removal rate may reach 100% within 24 h . It may be possible to break the ecological balance but this is not the goal. In the present study, physical and chemical methods are referred to as artificial methods.
In the food chain, phytoplankton is not the top trophic level, and some higher trophic levels, such as filter-feeding fish, capture and feed upon phytoplankton. Thus, biological methods can be used to control the growth of phytoplankton in an effective manner. Liu and Xie  conducted in situ enclosure experiments in a lake over the course of three years and showed that intense stocking with filter-feeding fishes, that is, silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis), played a decisive role in the elimination of blue algae blooms from the lake. The results indicated that silver carp and bighead carp controlled the blue algae blooms effectively, and the effective biomass required to contain the blooms was determined to be 46–50 g/m3. In another study , a mesocosm experiment was conducted to assess the impact of a moderate silver carp biomass (41 g/m3 or 850 kg/ha) on the plankton community and the water quality of the eutrophic Paranoá Reservoir (Brasília, Brazil). The results, as well as other successful examples of blue-green control using silver carp in lakes and reservoirs [9–11], suggest that the use of silver carp is a promising management tool for suppressing excess filamentous blue-green algae, such as that in Paranoá Reservoir, and for controlling Microcystis blooms in critical areas .
In addition, the use of biological methods can reduce pollution, protect the ecological balance, and bring economic benefits. However, the effects of biological method may be very slow. Thus, we need to compare the suitability of using biological methods and artificial methods at the same time. The use of chemical reagents may be reduced with biological method, thereby reducing the negative effects of chemical methods. Based on previous research, we used the theory of impulsive differential equations [12–14] to develop a phytoplankton-fish model to investigate the feasibility of biological and artificial methods. Many researchers have studied some ecological systems with impulsive differential equations [15–22], including the use of biological and chemical controls.
In our model, a logistic growth function represents the gross rate of phytoplankton production. Based on previous studies [2, 23, 24], a Holling type-III function represents the interaction between the phytoplankton and the fish, that is, predation of the phytoplankton. Furthermore, based on the work of Wyatt and Horwood , Uye , and Levin and Segel , Truscott and Brindley  discussed the rationality of using a Holling type-III function to investigate the interaction between phytoplankton and zooplankton. We consider that the model is reasonable, although zooplankton is replaced by fish in our model. It is known that some filter-feeding fish feed on phytoplankton, so the population density of phytoplankton can control the rate of fish production. In this system, the loss of fish occurs via death and natural predation by higher trophic levels in the food web. Thus, we assume a linear loss of fish.
According to other studies [28, 29], some phytoplankton blooms may be controlled within a short period of time (<24 h) using artificial methods. In our model, we assume that the time unit is a day and the artificial and biological methods are modeled using impulsive differential equations. The model is described as follows: where denotes the phytoplankton population density, unit ; denotes the fish population density, unit ; is the intrinsic growth rate of phytoplankton population, is the maximum predation rate of the fish, is the conversion efficiency, is the carrying capacity, is a half-saturation constant, and is the mortality and respiration rate of fish, while the term , where , represents artificial control and the term , where , represents biological control. The parameters represent the control levels of artificial methods, denotes the critical value of a phytoplankton bloom, and , represents the release level of fish required to control phytoplankton, and we set , .
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we provide some preliminary details, which are the theoretical basis of the following investigation. Next, we discuss the existence of an order-1 periodic solution, attractor, and bifurcation in Section 3, which provides a theoretical basis for the study of the biological method. In addition, some numerical results are presented in Section 4, which illustrate the validity of the theory. In the final section, we discuss the feasibility of the artificial and biological methods.
Given the following autonomous system with impulsive control: where , , and , are the set of impulses, it is assumed that , are all continuous with respect to , in , so the points in lie on a line. For each point is defined: Let be the phase set of , where . System (2) is generally known as a semicontinuous dynamic system.
Definition 1. Let be an order-1 periodic solution of system (2), where is(1)orbitally stable if , , , and such that , when ;(2)orbitally attractive if and , such that when ;(3)orbitally asymptotically stable if it is orbitally stable and orbitally attractive.In the present study, denotes the -neighborhood of the point , is the distance from to , and is the solution of system (2) that satisfies the initial condition .
Definition 2. The phase plane is divided into two parts based on the trajectory of the differential equations that constitute the order-1 cycle. The section that contains the impulse line and the trajectory is known as the inside of the order-1 cycle.
Definition 3. Assuming that and are both straight lines, we define a new number axis on . It is assumed that intersects with the -axis at point . The point is the origin on the number axis , and both the positive direction and unit length are consistent with the coordinate axis . For any point , let be a coordinate of point . Furthermore, supposing that the trajectory through point via th impulses intersects at point , then set . The point is called the order- successor point of point , and is known as the order- successor function of point , where , .
Lemma 4 (see ). The order-1 successor function is continuous.
Lemma 5 (see ). The -periodic solution of the system is orbitally asymptotically stable if the Floquet multiplier satisfies the condition , where with and , which are calculated for the points , , and , where is a sufficiently smooth function so grad , and is the time of the kth jump.
Lemma 6 (see ). Let be a one-parameter family of the map that satisfies
(i) , (ii) , (iii) , (iv) .
has two branches of fixed points for near zero. The first branch is for all . The second bifurcating branch changes its value from negative to positive as increases through with . The fixed points of the first branch are stable if and unstable if , whereas those of the bifurcating branch have the opposite stability.
3. Main Results
First, we consider the case of system (1) without an impulsive effect. We set , , and the equilibrium of system (1) without the impulsive effect implies , , so we can obtain the following equilibrium under the conditions and :(i) (total extinction);(ii) (extinction of the fish);(iii) (coexistence of phytoplankton and fish).Both and are the trajectory of system (1) without an impulsive effect. Thus, the first quadrant is the invariant set.
Indeed, according to biological studies, the phytoplankton stable state should be smaller than the parameter because parameter is the maximum carrying capacity. Thus, we only need to assume the condition . In system (1) without an impulsive effect, is the maximum predation rate of the fish, is the maximum conversion, and denotes the maximum growth rate. If condition holds, that is, the growth rate of the fishes is below the mortality rate of the fishes, then the fishes may become extinct. In system (1) without an impulsive effect, based on a direct calculation, the equilibrium is always saddle. Thus, the equilibrium is locally asymptotical stable when the condition holds. Then, the solution of system (1) without an impulsive effect will converge toward the equilibrium in a certain field; that is, the fishes will become extinct and the phytoplankton will bloom. Phytoplankton blooms are observed frequently, but the growth rate of fishes being less than the mortality rate of fishes is usually rare in real life. Therefore, we assume that condition holds in full. Obviously, is a vertical line and is a horizontal isocline. By direct calculation, the equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable under the condition and the index of the equilibrium is +1. Throughout this paper, we assume that the condition always holds based on ecological studies, and we let () and () be the impulsive set and phase set, respectively, with the point , the point , and . For the case where , similar results can be obtained using the same method.
From , we know that the line is the asymptote of the curve , and when , when , when . In addition, when , the function is a monotonically decreasing function. The first quadrant is split into four parts by the isocline (see Figure 1).
3.1. Existence of an Order-1 Periodic Solution for System (1)
3.1.1. The Case Where
In this subsection, we derive some basic properties of the following subsystem of system (1), where fish are absent: Setting produces the following solution of system (7): . If we let , , and , this means that system (1) has the following semitrivial periodic solution: where , , which is implied by .
Thus, the following theorem is obtained.
Proof. It is known that , , , , , , , and . Using Lemma 5 and a straightforward calculation, it is possible to obtain
Therefore, it is possible to obtain the Floquet multiplier by direct calculation as follows:
Thus, , if (9) holds. This completes the proof.
Remark 8. If , a bifurcation may occur when for , whereas a positive periodic solution may emerge if .
Theorem 9. There exists a positive order-1 periodic solution to system (1) if , where the semitrivial periodic solution is orbitally unstable.
Proof. Because , both and are in the left . The trajectory that passes through point , where , tangents to at point and intersects at point . Thus, there may be three possible cases for the phase point () for point , as follows (see Figure 2(a)).
Case 1 (). In this case, it is obvious that is an order-1 periodic solution.
Case 2 (). The point is the order-1 successor point of point , so the order-1 successor function of point is greater than zero; that is, . In addition, the trajectory with the initial point intersects impulsive set at point and reaches via the impulsive effect. Due to the disjointedness of the trajectory and impulsive line in system (1), it is easy to see that point is located below point . Therefore, the successor function . According to Lemma 4, there exists a point , such that ; hence, there exists an order-1 periodic solution.
Case 3 (). According to , the order-1 successor point of point is located below point , so . If we suppose that is a crossover point of the semitrivial periodic solution and impulsive set, because the semitrivial periodic solution is orbitally unstable, then there exists a point such that . According to Lemma 4, there exists a point , such that . Therefore, there exists an order-1 periodic solution in system (1).
This completes the proof.
3.1.2. The Case
In this case, we suppose that and the following theorem is described.
Theorem 10. There exists a positive order-1 periodic solution for system (1) if and .
Proof. The method for this proof is similar to the method for Theorem 9 (see Figure 2(b)). The main difference is the proof for the case . Suppose that point is a crossover point for a semitrivial periodic solution and a phase set. The trajectory with initial point intersects the impulsive set at point . Obviously, . Because , . Thus, there exists a positive order-1 periodic solution for system (1), which completes the proof.
Remark 11. If there exists a positive order-1 periodic solution for system (1) when , set point , then .
In summary, system (1) has a stable semitrivial periodic solution or a positive order-1 periodic solution when . Furthermore, using the analogue of the Poincaré criterion, the stability of the positive order-1 periodic solution is obtained.
Theorem 12. For any , or , , the order-1 periodic solution of system (1) is orbitally asymptotically stable if the following condition holds: where .
Proof. We suppose that the period of the order-1 periodic solution is , so the order-1 periodic solution intersects with the impulsive set at and the phase set at , . Let be the expression of the order-1 periodic solution. The difference between this case and the case in Theorem 7 is that , , while the others are the same. Thus, we have According to condition (14), , so the order-1 periodic solution is orbitally stable according to the analogue of the Poincaré criterion. This completes the proof.
Theorem 13. In system (1), if the conditions and hold, then the set , where , is an attractor. There is also no order- () periodic solution.
Proof. In the region , , there exists a time such that the trajectory of system (1) reaches the impulsive set at point when and . Via the impulsive effect, the trajectory reaches the phase set , and then ; in addition, . Because , . Furthermore, the trajectory of the differential equation is not intersectant. From system (1), we know that the impulsive line is also not intersectant. Thus, , (). Therefore, the set is a global attractor in the region .
Supposing that there exists an order- () periodic solution to system (1), the initial point of the order- periodic solution must be above the point . We set the initial point as andthen , and we suppose that the th point of the order- periodic solution that reaches the impulsive set is point . Then, and . However, . Therefore, this is a contradiction. Hence, there is no order- () periodic solution.
This completes the proof.
3.2. The Bifurcation
3.2.1. Transcritical Bifurcation
In this subsection, we discuss the bifurcation near the semitrivial periodic solution. The following Poincaré map is used: where we choose section as a Poincaré section. If we set at a sufficiently small value, the map can be written as follows:
Using Lemma 6, the following theorem can be obtained.
Theorem 14. A transcritical bifurcation occurs when , . Correspondingly, system (1) has a stable positive periodic solution when with .
Proof. The values of and must be calculated at where . In this case, . Thus, system (1) can be transformed as follows:
where , .
Let be an orbit of system (18) and , , . Then, Using (19), it can be deduced simply that and Thus, .
Furthermore, where , . Because , it can be determined that , . Therefore,
The next step is to check whether the following conditions are satisfied.(a)It is easy to see that , .(b)Using (21), , which yields . This means that is a fixed point with an eigenvalue of 1 in map (16).(c)Because (21) holds, .(d)Finally, inequality (23) implies that .
These conditions satisfy the conditions of Lemma 6. This completes the proof.
In the region , always holds. Thus, , the trajectory first intersects the phase set at point and the impulsive set at point , respectively; then, . Therefore, there is always a certain pair of , such that for , . Thus, in the region , there exists an order-1 periodic solution in system (1). In addition, the order-1 periodic solution is unique when the initial point of the order-1 periodic solution in the phase set is above point . This is obvious because of the disjointedness of the trajectory of the differential equation.
3.2.2. The Bifurcation of the Order-1 Periodic Solution
In this subsection, we discuss the bifurcation of an order-1 periodic solution with variable parameters. The following theorem is required.
Theorem 15. The rotation direction of the pulse line is clockwise when changes from to .
Proof. Let be the angle of the pulse line and the x-axis. Then, , so . Furthermore, . Therefore, is a monotonically decreasing function of . This completes the proof.
The existence of an order-1 periodic solution was proved in the previous analysis, so we assume that there exists an order-1 periodic solution when and , where the crossover points of for and are points and , respectively. Thus, the following theorem can be stated.
Theorem 16. In system (1), supposing that there exists an order-1 periodic solution when , and , then there exists a unique order-1 periodic solution inside the order-1 periodic solution when , if is sufficiently small. In addition, if is orbitally asymptotically stable, then is orbitally asymptotically stable.
Proof. The order-1 periodic solution breaks when changes (see Figure 3(a)). According to Theorem 15, point , which is the phase point of point , is located below point when and is sufficiently small. Because (in this case, ) is a monotonically increasing and continuing function of , there exists such that when . Figure 3(a) shows that point is the order-1 successor point of point , while point is the order-1 successor point of point , so , . Therefore, there exists a point between point and such that . According to the disjointedness of the differential trajectories, the order-1 periodic solution is inside the order-1 periodic solution .
Next, the orbital stability can be established based on the following proof (see Figure 3(b)).
The order-1 periodic solution is orbitally asymptotically stable, so, according to, the disjointedness of the pulse line, there exists a point between point and such that , . We suppose that the reduction in is .
If , point is the order-1 successor point of point and point is the order-2 successor point of point . Because of , , , .
If , the order-1 and order-2 successor points of point are points and , respectively, where , . Therefore, , , and in order to distinguish the successor functions between and , we set and .
Therefore, we have the following: , because , so when .
In addition, Obviously, when , where from Figure 3(b). If we set , then and when . Next, we will prove that the trajectory initialization point is attracted by . We set (), where denotes the order-2n successor of point .
Because and , the following results hold:
When , the expression (25a), (25b), (25c), (25d) obviously holds. Suppose that (25a), (25b), (25c), (25d) holds when . Now, we set . For the trajectory initialization point order- successor point of point , its order-1 successor point is the order- successor point of point , its order-2 successor point is the order- successor point of point , and its order-3 successor point is the order- successor point of point . Thus, it is obvious that , , , and . Therefore, (25a), (25b), (25c), (25d) holds. Moreover, based on , , it is known that . Because , then . Thus, , where is the trajectory initialization point in system (1).
Similarly, if , then there exist such that and when . The following results hold.
Then, , where is the trajectory initialization point in system (1).
Similarly, using the disjointedness of the trajectory of the differential equation and the impulsive line, we set as the arbitrary point between point and point in phase line, and we can prove . Thus, is orbitally attractive.
Because is unique and orbitally attractive, there exists a such that for and ), set . In addition, there must be a , such that , if we set . We arbitrarily take the point between point and point, then when . If we set , clearly only is determined by . Therefore, , , such that for when . Thus, is orbitally stable. Then, is orbitally asymptotically stable.
This completes the proof.
Note 1. Theorem 16 means that an order-1 periodic solution moves toward the inside of the order-1 periodic solution along the phase set and the impulsive set when changes appropriately from to .
Similar to the method used for the proof of Theorem 16, the following theorem exists (the proof is omitted).
Theorem 17. In system (1), supposing that there exists an order-1 periodic solution when , , and , then there exists an order-1 periodic solution inside the order-1 periodic solution when , where is sufficiently small. In addition, if is orbitally asymptotically stable, then is orbitally stable at least.
Note 2. Theorem 17 means that an order-1 periodic solution moves toward the inside of the order-1 periodic solution along the phase set and the impulsive set when changes appropriately from to .
4. Numerical Simulation and Analysis
In this section, numerical simulations are presented that verify the correctness of the theoretical results. In particular, using these results, we analyze the feasibility of the artificial and biological methods, and the role of the controlling factor is also discussed. The zooplankton population in the original model was replaced with a fish population in our model , but the parameter values used were still those from the previous study ; that is, /day, , /day, , , and /day. Therefore, , which is a stable focus. Thus, was assumed.
4.1. Numerical Simulation
In this subsection, assuming that , the semitrivial solution of system (1) is described as follows: where , and the period day. According to Theorem 7, the semitrivial solution is orbitally asymptotically stable when . From Theorem 14, a transcritical bifurcation occurs when ; that is, the semitrivial solution is unstable when . Thus, an order-1 periodic solution appears. Figure 4 verifies the correctness of these results. In Figure 4(a), the trajectory is far from the semitrivial solution (red curve) when , while the trajectory converges towards the semitrivial solution (blue curve) when , where their initial points are the same. In Figure 4(b), we can see that a transcritical bifurcation occurs when . When , the semitrivial solution is stable. If , however, an order-1 periodic solution emerges that coexists with the semitrivial solution. However, the semitrivial solution is unstable, whereas the order-1 periodic solution is stable.
According to Theorems 9 and 12, there should be an order-1 periodic solution to system (1) when or and . This is shown in Figures 5 and 6(a). Figure 5 shows an order-1 periodic solution when and . Figure 5(a) is the phase diagram and Figure 5(b) is the time series plot with respect to Figure 5(a). In Figure 5, we can see that population reaches its minimum value when population reaches its maximum value. However, population does not reach its minimum value when population reaches its maximum value. In Figure 5(b), when population reaches its maximum value, population reaches the value represented by the cyan line, which is clearly not the minimum value.
Figure 6(a) shows that there exists an order-1 periodic solution to system (1) when and . In Figure 6(a), the black trajectory is an order-1 periodic solution. The yellow curve is the trajectory of system (1). Clearly, these trajectories are attracted by the order-1 periodic solution. The trajectories of the differential equation do not meet each other in system (1), so Figure 6(a) implies that the order-1 periodic solution is orbitally stable. Thus, the proof of Theorem 16, where the order-1 periodic solution is orbitally asymptotic stable if a trajectory of system (1) is attracted by an order-1 periodic solution, is correct. From , we can obtain when . Thus, according to Theorem 14, there exists an attractor in system (1) when . Figure 6(b) shows an attractor of system (1), where .
From Theorems 16 and 17, there is an order-1 periodic solution when , while an order-1 periodic solution splits away from the order-1 periodic solution when . In Figure 7(a), when , the ordinate of the order-1 periodic . Thus, according to Theorem 16, there exists a unique order-1 periodic solution inside the order-1 periodic solution when . We set as equal to 2 and 5, respectively. The results are shown in Figure 7(a). From the expression and Theorem 16, an order-1 periodic solution moves toward the inside of the order-1 periodic solution along the phase set and the impulsive set when changes appropriately from to . This is shown clearly in Figure 7(a). Figure 7(b) shows the validity of Theorem 17, where , .
These numerical simulations prove that the theoretical result is correct. Next, we analyze the feasibility of an approach including artificial and biological methods using the theoretical results and the numerical simulation.
4.2. Numerical Analysis
The question we need to answer is whether artificial and biological methods can control phytoplankton blooms. We also need to know which method is better. Figure 8 illustrates the difference. In Figure 8(a), only the biological method is considered, where the red curve corresponds to the right vertical axis, while the blue curve and the green curve correspond to the left vertical axis, where the initial densities of phytoplankton and fish are 3 and 5 , respectively. In Figure 8(a), when equals 2 and 5, respectively, the biological method alone cannot control the growth of phytoplankton. When the density of phytoplankton is below the critical value , phytoplankton blooms occur. When , the growth of phytoplankton is controlled. However, the density of fish released is 40 times the existing density of fish, but we do not know whether all of the released fish can be accommodated by the current environment. In addition, when , we find that blooms occur from the 200th day in Figure 8(a).
In Figure 8(b), only the artificial method is considered and the initial densities of the phytoplankton and fish are 3 and 5 , respectively. Clearly, the density of phytoplankton remains below the critical value because of artificial control. However, too many phytoplankton blooms occur within 600 days. Figure 8(b) shows that too much artificial control is required when only the artificial method is used. Indeed, if the density of fish is much lower and certain conditions are satisfied, such as the nutrient levels and sufficient illumination, phytoplankton blooms occur again after several days of artificial control. These phenomena have been observed in reality.
In Figure 8(c), both the artificial and biological methods are considered, where the initial densities of phytoplankton and fish are 3 and 5 , respectively, and . The red curve represents the change in the phytoplankton density without artificial and biological control. From Figure 8(c), it is clear that the density of phytoplankton remains above the critical value several times during the 600-day period when the artificial and biological methods are not implemented. Figure 8(c) shows that a phytoplankton bloom occurs three times when and twice in about 500 days. When , there are two phytoplankton blooms, with one in about 500 days. Compared with Figures 8(a) and 8(b), it is clear that the results shown in Figure 8(c) are much better. Thus, both the artificial and biological methods should be used.
According to Theorem 7, when , the semitrivial periodic solution is orbitally asymptotically stable. From Figure 4(a), however, we find that the time interval of phytoplankton blooms is much shorter when . This suggests that too much artificial control is needed. Thus, should be larger than and the value of with respect to and is given in Figure 9(a). In addition, from Theorem 14, when , there exists an attractor in system (1). In Figure 6(b), when artificial and biological controls are implemented, although the phytoplankton blooms are contained, the density of phytoplankton still increases, because the released fish cannot control the growth of phytoplankton. In Figure 7(a), the released fish controlled the growth of phytoplankton only when the value of is beyond a certain value. Indeed, from Theorem 14, we know that the value is . Figure 9(b) shows the relationships among the value , , and . The released fish always controlled the growth of phytoplankton within a certain period of time when . We set the values of , , and to 3.8 , 0 , and 0.8 , respectively. The relationship between and the average time interval , which is the time between two implemented controls, is shown in Figure 9(c) for 1000 days, where the initial densities of phytoplankton and fish are 3 and 5 , respectively. Figure 9(c) shows that the time interval also increases when increases; that is, the frequency of phytoplankton blooms decreases with increased biological control. Indeed, according to Theorems 16 and 17, the order-1 periodic solution moves the phase set and the impulse moves from the bottom to top with the increase in . If the order-1 periodic solution is stable, the trajectory will converge toward the order-1 periodic solution. It is clear that the time required to reach increases, which is exactly what we hoped. Thus, phytoplankton blooms can be controlled using artificial and biological methods together. Therefore, we should replace the artificial method with biological methods as much as possible. This is feasible according to a previous analysis.
5. Conclusion and Discussion
In this study, we developed a phytoplankton-fish model with artificial and biological control, which we studied analytically and numerically. To investigate the feasibility of artificial and biological methods, theoretical mathematical results were required. Thus, we studied the existence and stability of a semitrivial periodic solution and an order-1 periodic solution of system (1) initially, and we proved that a positive periodic solution emerged from the semi-trivial periodic solution via transcritical bifurcation using bifurcation theory. In addition, we discussed the bifurcation of an order-1 periodic solution. We proved that an order-1 periodic solution emerged from the existing order-1 periodic solution. These results are very useful when studying the biological and artificial control of phytoplankton blooms. We also described several numerical simulations, which verified the theoretical results.
Based on previous theoretical and numerical results, we showed that phytoplankton blooms can be controlled using artificial and biological methods. In particular, we demonstrated the feasibility of a method where as many fishes as possible are released and as little phytoplankton is removed as possible; that is, the artificial method should be replaced by biological methods as much as possible. However, the results were not very good when we only used a biological method. Likewise, if only the artificial method was used, too much artificial control was required. Thus, our study demonstrated that artificial and biological methods should be used, that is, integrated management. Furthermore, we suggest that fish (or zooplankton) should be released when the density of phytoplankton reaches a critical biological value. Moreover, when the density of phytoplankton reaches the bloom’s critical value, phytoplankton should be removed using the artificial method. The results may be better using this approach. The corresponding theoretical results were obtained using the method proposed in the present study.
Although our model is simple and it can only abstract real world phenomena, the model reproduced many real-world features. First, when only artificial method is considered in our model, the density of phytoplankton can be restrained. In reality, artificial method is the main method controlling phytoplankton bloom at present, so the method is effective. Second, when only biological method is considered in our model, the density of phytoplankton cannot be below critical value right now. In reality, when phytoplankton bloom occurs, biological method is hardly applied. Third, in recent years, people control phytoplankton bloom occurs using fish-farming. When phytoplankton bloom occurs, people remove the phytoplankton using chemical reagent. The result is better. While our model shows that adopting biological method and artificial method at the same is much better. Furthermore, our model predicts that the intensity of biological method and artificial method is beyond a certain level;then, the phytoplankton bloom can be controlled. Based on the analysis of our model, we can obtain many results that agreed with reality. These results are expected to be useful for studying algae in Zeya Reservoir and other ecosystems.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 31170338), by the Key Program of Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. LZ12C03001), and by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, Grant no. 2012CB426510).
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