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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2003 (2003), Issue 64, Pages 4057-4070

Periodic solution for a delayed three-species food-chain system with Holling type-II functional response

Qiming Liu1 and Rui Xu1,2

1Department of Mathematics, Institute of Shijiazhuang Mechanical Engineering, Shijiazhuang 050003, China
2Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK

Received 2 November 2002

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A delayed three-species periodic food-chain system with Holling type-II functional response is investigated. By using Gaines and Mawhin's continuation theorem of coincidence degree theory, a set of easily verifiable sufficient conditions is derived for the existence of positive periodic solutions to the system.