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Wellposedness of a ratiodependent Lotka–Volterra system with feedback control
 Changyou Wang^{1, 2, 3}Email author,
 Yuqian Zhou^{1},
 Yonghong Li^{2} and
 Rui Li^{3}
 Received: 9 June 2018
 Accepted: 13 July 2018
 Published: 21 July 2018
Abstract
The main purpose of this article is to consider a Lotka–Volterra predator–prey system with ratiodependent functional responses and feedback controls. By using a comparison theorem and constructing a suitable Lyapunov function as well as developing some new analysis techniques, we establish a set of easily verifiable sufficient conditions which guarantee the permanence of the system and the global attractivity of a positive solution for the predator–prey system. Furthermore, some conditions for the existence, uniqueness, and stability of a positive periodic solution for the corresponding periodic system are obtained by using the fixed point theory and some new analysis method. In additional, some numerical solutions of the equations describing the system are given to verify that the obtained criteria are new, general, and easily verifiable.
Keywords
 Predatorprey system
 Feedback control
 Permanence
 Attractivity
 Periodic solution
1 Introduction
After the pioneering works of Lotka and Volterra, a lot of work has been carried out on the predator–prey model. The most crucial element in these models is the “functional response”—the expression that describes the rate at which the number of prey is consumed by a predator. Modifications were limited to replacing the Malthusian growth function, the predator per capita consumption of prey functions such as Holling type I, II, III functional responses, or densitydependent mortality rates. These functional responses depend only on the prey volume, but soon it became clear that the predator volume can influence this function by direct interference while searching or by pseudo interference [1–3]. A simple way of incorporating predator dependence in the functional response was proposed by Arditi and Ginzburg [4], who first considered this response function as a function of the ratio. Moreover, Jost et al. [5] showed that preydependent and ratiodependent models can fit well with the time series generated by each other. Interestingly, it has been investigated that the ratiodependent predator–prey models are more appropriate for predator–prey interactions when the predator involves serious hunting processes, like animals searching for animals, etc. [6–8]. It is justified through some basic but different principles that ratiodependent models are more appropriate for modeling predator–prey interactions [9]. Kesh et al. [10] consider a food web model consisting of two competing prey and one predator population with predator interference. From the knowledge of saturated equilibria and by constructing the average Lyapunov function, the sufficient condition for permanent coexistence and extinction of species of the system is obtained. Pang and Wang [11] study a class of twopredatoroneprey ecosystem and show that the unique positive equilibrium solution of the system is globally asymptotically stable. Baek et al. [12] study a \(x_{1}(t)\) elliptic system with ratiodependent functional responses. By employing a comparison argument for the elliptic problem and the fixedpoint theory applied to a positive cone on a Banach space, authors examine the positive coexistence of one prey and two competing predators in an interacting system with ratiodependent functional responses under a hostile environment. Furthermore, Ko and Ahn [13, 14] investigate the stability at all nonnegative equilibria and long time behavior of solutions for a ratiodependent reactiondiffusion system. For more similar work, we refer the reader to [15–21].
On the other hand, one can find that an ecosystem in the real world is continuously distributed by some forces, which can result in changes in the biological parameters such as survival rates. Of practical interest in ecology is the question of whether or not an ecosystem can withstand those disturbances which persist for a finite period of time. In the language of control variables, we refer to the disturbance functions as control variables. This is of significance in the control of ecology balance. One of the methods for the realization of it is to alter the system structurally by introducing feedback control variables. The feedback control mechanism might be implemented by means of some biological control schemes or by harvesting procedure. In fact, during the last decade, the qualitative behavior of the population dynamics with feedback control has been studied extensively. Yin and Li [22] propose a single species model with feedback regulation and distributed time delay. By using the continuation theorem of coincidence degree theory, a criterion which guarantees the existence of a positive periodic solution of the system is obtained. Furthermore, Chen [23] obtains a sufficient condition which guarantees the global attractivity of the positive solution of the system by constructing a suitable Lyapunov functional. Nie et al. [24] consider a nonautonomous predator–prey Lotka–Volterra system with feedback controls. They study whether or not the feedback controls have an influence on the permanence of a positive solution of the general nonautonomous predator–prey Lotka–Volterra type systems, and establish the general criteria on the permanence of the system, which is independent of some feedback controls. In additional, by constructing a suitable Lyapunov function, some sufficient conditions are obtained for the global stability of any positive solution to the system. More work on feedback controls can be found in [25–30].
Commonly, an ecological system, such as that represented by the deterministic Lotka–Volterra model, is not suitable to describe the real behavior of the population dynamics. What we claim as “disturbance functions as control variables”, which is mentioned above, is strictly connected to the environmental noise effect. It is necessary to include the effect of environmental variables that can be deterministic, such as the variation of the temperature due to atmospheric conditions, and stochastic, due to the stochastic variability of all the other variables, such as growth rate, resources, etc. [31–36]. Moreover, the study of nonlinear dynamical systems in the presence of external noise has led to the discovery of a number of counterintuitive phenomena, with a constructive role of the noise and high fundamental and practical interests in many scientific areas. The presence of a noise source can change the stability of the ecological system [37]. Ghergu and Radulescu [38] study the existence and nonexistence of classical solutions to a general Gierer Meinhardt system in which both the activator and the inhibitor have different sources given by general nonlinearities, and regularity and uniqueness of the solution in one dimension are also presented. In 2010, Ghergu and Radulescu [39] consider a class of reactiondiffusion system of Brusselator type, and show that if \(f(u)\) has a sublinear growth then no Turing patterns occur, while if \(f(u)\) has a superlinear growth then the existence of such patterns is strongly related to the interdependence between the parameters a, b and the diffusion coefficients \(d_{1}\), \(d_{2}\). Liu et al. [40] establish the existence of at least four positive periodic solutions for a discrete time Lotka–Volterra competitive system with harvesting terms by using Mawhin’s continuation theorem of coincidence degree theory. In [41], Giacomoni et al. investigate a quasilinear and singular elliptic system and give some applications to biology. In particular, many mathematical models in biology, chemistry, and population genetics are included and studied in [42]. In recent years many theoretical investigations have been done on noiseinduced effects in population dynamics [43–45]. Finally, the noise source can be nonGaussian and this further enriches the dynamics [46–51].
This paper is organized as follows. In Sect. 2, we provide the conditions for permanence to system (1.1) by using a comparison theorem and developing some new analysis techniques. In Sect. 3, by constructing a nonnegative Lyapunov function, we shall derive sufficient conditions for the global attractivity of positive solution for the predator–prey system (1.1). In Sect. 4, some conditions for the existence, uniqueness, and stability of a positive periodic solution for the corresponding periodic system are obtained by using the fixed point theory and some new analysis method. Some numerical solutions of the equations describing the system are given in Sect. 5 to verify that the obtained criteria are verifiable.
2 Permanence
Definition 2.1
System (1.1) is called permanent if there exist positive constants \(M_{i}\), \(N_{i}\), \(m_{i}\), \(n_{i}\) (\(i = 1,2,3\)), and T such that \(m_{i} \le x_{i}(t) \le M_{i}\), \(n_{i} \le u_{i}(t) \le N_{i}\) as \(t > T\) for any positive solution \((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t), x_{3}(t), u_{1}(t), u_{2}(t), u_{3}(t))\) of system (1.1) with positive initials.
Theorem 2.1
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{1}\)):

$$ r_{1}^{l}b_{12}^{l}b_{13}^{l} > a_{12}^{m}b_{13}^{l} + a_{13}^{m}b_{13}^{l} + d_{1}^{m}b_{12}^{l}b_{13}^{l}N_{1}; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{2}\)):

$$ \frac{d_{3}^{m}N_{3} + a_{31}^{m}  r_{3}^{l}}{r_{3}^{l}b_{13}^{l}  d_{3}^{m}b_{13}^{l}N_{3}} > 0; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{3}\)):

$$ \frac{d_{2}^{m}N_{2} + a_{21}^{m}  r_{2}^{l}}{r_{2}^{l}b_{12}^{l}  d_{2}^{m}b_{12}^{l}N_{2}} > 0; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{4}\)):

$$  a_{23}^{m}M_{3} + a_{21}^{l} >r_{2}^{m}; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{5}\)):

$$  a_{23}^{m}M_{2} + a_{31}^{l} > r_{3}^{m}; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{6}\)):

$$ e_{2}^{l} > q_{2}^{m}M_{2}; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{7}\)):

$$ e_{3}^{l} > q_{3}^{m}M_{3}. $$
Then system (1.1) is permanent.
Proof
 (1)
When \(0 < x_{1}(t_{0}) < M_{1}\), if \(t \ge t_{0}\), then \(x_{1}(t) \le M_{1}\).
 (2)When \(x_{1}(t_{0}) \ge M_{1}\), for a sufficiently large t, one has \(x_{1}(t) \le M_{1}\). Otherwise, if \(x_{1}(t) > M_{1}\), then there exists \(\alpha > 0\) such that \(x_{1}(t) \ge M_{1}^{*} + \alpha \). Moreover, we havethus, it holds that \(x_{1}(t) < x_{1}(t_{0})\exp (  a_{11}^{l}\alpha t) \to 0\) as \(t \to + \infty \). This is a contradiction, so there exist sufficiently large \(T_{1} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ \dot{x}_{1}(t)  _{x_{1}(t) > M_{1}} \le x_{1}(t) \bigl[r_{1}(t)  a_{11}(t)x_{1}(t) \bigr] \le a_{{11}}^{l}x_{1}(t) \bigl[M_{1}^{*}  x_{1}(t) \bigr] <  a_{{11}}^{l}\alpha x_{1}(t), $$By the sixth equation of system (1.1), we can get$$ x_{1}(t) \le M_{1}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{1}. $$(2.1)Thus, employing the comparison theorem and analysis similar to the one used above, it holds that there exist sufficiently large \(T_{6} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ \dot{u}_{3} \le e_{3}^{m}  f_{3}^{l}u_{3}(t) = f_{3}^{l} \bigl[N_{3}^{*}  u_{3}(t) \bigr]. $$Similarly, from the fifth equation of model (1.1), one has that there exist sufficiently large \(T_{5} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ u_{3}(t) \le N_{3}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{6}. $$(2.2)From the third equation of system (1.1), and combining (2.1) and (2.2), the following holds:$$ u_{2}(t) \le N_{2}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{5}. $$(2.3)In view of the comparison theorem and the same analysis as above, we can obtain that$$\begin{aligned} \dot{x}_{3} &\le x_{3}(t) \biggl[  r_{3}^{l} + \frac{a_{31}^{m}M_{1}}{b_{13}(t)x_{3}(t) + M_{1}} + d_{3}^{m}N_{3} \biggr] \\ & \le x_{3}(t) \biggl[  r_{3}^{l} + \frac{a_{31}^{m}M_{1}}{b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1}} + d_{3}^{m}N_{3} \biggr] \\ &= x_{3}(t) \biggl[\frac{  r_{3}^{l}(b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1}) + a_{31}^{m}M_{1} + d_{3}^{m}N_{3}(b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1})}{b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1}} \biggr] \\ & = x_{3}(t)\frac{r_{3}^{l}b_{13}^{l}  d_{3}^{m}N_{3}b_{13}^{l}}{b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1}} \biggl[  x_{3}(t) + \frac{M_{1}(d_{3}^{m}N_{3} + a_{31}^{m}  r_{3}^{l})}{r_{3}^{l}b_{13}^{l}  d_{3}^{m}N_{3}b_{13}^{l}} \biggr] \\ & = x_{3}(t)\frac{r_{3}^{l}b_{13}^{l}  d_{3}^{m}N_{3}b_{13}^{l}}{b_{13}^{l}x_{3}(t) + M_{1}} \bigl[  x_{3}(t) + M_{3} \bigr]. \end{aligned}$$
 (3)
When \(0 < x_{3}(t_{0}) < M_{3}\), if \(t \ge t_{0}\), then \(x_{3}(t) \le M_{3}\);
 (4)When \(x_{3}(t_{0}) \ge M_{3}\), for a sufficiently large t, one has \(x_{3}(t) \le M_{3}\). So it holds that there exist sufficiently large \(T_{3} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such thatSimilarly, from the second equation of system (1.1), and combining (2.1) and (2.3), it holds that there exist sufficiently large \(T_{3} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ x_{3}(t) \le M_{3}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{3}. $$(2.4)By the fourth equation of system (1.1), we can obtain$$ x_{2}(t) \le M_{2}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{2}. $$(2.5)Moreover, employing the comparison theorem and analysis similar to the one used above, it holds that there exist sufficiently large \(T_{4} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ \dot{u}_{1} \le e_{1}^{m}  f_{1}^{l}u_{1}(t) + q_{1}^{m}M_{1} = f_{1}^{l} \bigl[N_{1}^{*}  u_{1}(t) \bigr]. $$$$ u_{1}(t) \le N_{1}\quad \mbox{as } t > T_{4}. $$(2.6)On the other hand, by the same analysis process, we haveUsing the comparison theorem and the same analysis as above, it holds that$$\begin{aligned} \dot{x}_{1}(t) &\ge x_{1}(t) \biggl[r_{1}^{l}  a_{11}^{m}x_{1}(t)  \frac{a_{12}^{m}}{b_{12}^{l}}  \frac{a_{13}^{m}}{b_{13}^{l}}  d_{1}^{m}N_{1} \biggr] \\ &= x_{1}(t)a_{11}^{m} \biggl[  x_{1}(t) + \frac{r_{1}^{l}b_{12}^{l}b_{13}^{l}  a_{12}^{m}b_{13}^{l}  a_{13}^{m}b_{12}^{l}  b_{12}^{l}b_{13}^{l}d_{1}^{m}N_{1}}{a_{11}^{m}b_{12}^{l}b_{13}^{l}} \biggr] \\ & = x_{1}(t)a_{11}^{m} \bigl[  x_{1}(t) + m_{1}^{*} \bigr]. \end{aligned}$$
(5) When \(m_{1} < x_{1}(t_{0})\), if \(t \ge t_{0}\), then \(m_{1} \le x_{1}(t)\);
(6) When \(0 < x_{1}(t_{0}) \le m_{1}\), for a sufficiently large t, one has \(m_{1} \le x_{1}(t)\). Otherwise, if \(x_{1}(t) < m_{1}\), then there exists \(\beta > 0\) such that \(x_{1}(t) \le m_{1}^{*}  \beta \). Moreover, we havethus, it holds that \(x_{1}(t) > x_{1}(t_{0})\exp (a_{11}^{m}\beta t) \to + \infty \) as \(t \to + \infty \). This is a contradiction, so there exist sufficiently large \(T'_{1} \ge t_{0} \ge 0\) such that$$ \dot{x}_{1}(t) _{x_{1}(t) < m_{1}} \ge a_{11}^{m}x_{1}(t) \bigl[  x_{1}(t) + m_{1}^{*} \bigr] > a_{11}^{m}\beta x_{1}(t), $$Similarly, we can obtain that there exist five sufficiently large positive constants \(T'_{i}\) (\(i = 2, \ldots ,6\)) such that$$ x_{1}(t) \ge m_{1}\quad \mbox{as } t > T'_{1}. $$(2.7)From (2.1)–(2.8), and setting \(T = \max_{1 \le i \le 6} \{ T_{i},T'_{i} \}\), we have \(m_{i} \le x_{i}(t) \le M_{i}, n_{i} \le u_{i}(t) \le N_{i} \) as \(t > T \) for any positive solution (\(x_{1}(t),x_{2}(t),x_{3}(t),u_{1}(t),u_{2}(t),u_{3}(t) \)) of system (1.1) with positive initials. This ends the proof of Theorem 2.1.$$ x_{i}(t) \ge m_{i},\quad \mbox{as } t > T'_{i}, i = 2, \ldots ,6. $$(2.8)
3 Global attractivity
In this section, the global attractivity of system (1.1) is studied. To get the sufficient conditions for global attractivity of system (1.1), the following definition and lemma are firstly given.
Definition 3.1
Lemma 3.1
([53])
If the function \(f(t): R^{ +} \to R \) is uniformly continuous, and the limit \(\lim_{t \to \infty } \int _{0}^{t}f(s)\,ds \) exists and is finite, then \(\lim_{t \to + \infty } f(t) = 0\).
Theorem 3.1
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{8}\)):

$$ a_{11}^{l}  \frac{(a_{12}^{m} + b_{12}^{m}a_{21}^{m})M_{2}}{(b_{12}^{l}m_{2} + m_{1})^{2}}  \frac{(a_{13}^{m} + b_{13}^{m}a_{31}^{m})M_{3}}{(b_{13}^{l}m_{3} + m_{1})^{2}}  q_{1}^{m} > 0; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{9}\)):

$$  a_{32}^{m}  \frac{a_{12}^{m}M_{1}}{(b_{12}^{l}m_{2} + m_{1})^{2}} + \frac{a_{21}^{l}b_{12}^{l}m_{1}}{(b_{12}^{m}M_{2} + M_{1})^{2}}  q_{2}^{m} > 0; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{10}\)):

$$  a_{23}^{m}  \frac{a_{13}^{m}M_{1}}{(b_{13}^{l}m_{3} + m_{1})^{2}} + \frac{a_{31}^{l}b_{13}^{l}m_{1}}{(b_{13}^{m}M_{3} + M_{1})^{2}}  q_{3}^{m} > 0; $$
 (\(\mathrm{H}_{11}\)):

$$ f_{i}^{l} > d_{i}^{m}\quad (i = 1,2,3). $$
Proof
Let \(X(t) = (x_{1}(t),x_{2}(t),x_{3}(t),u_{1}(t),u_{2}(t),u_{3}(t)) \) be a positive solution of system (1.1) and \(Y(t) = (y_{1}(t),y_{2}(t),y_{3}(t),v_{1}(t),v_{2}(t),v_{3}(t)) \) be any positive solution of system (1.1) with initial conditions \(x_{i}(t_{0}) > 0 , u_{i}(t_{0}) > 0 , i = 1,2,3 \), then from Theorem 2.1, there exist positive constants \(M_{i} , N_{i} , m_{i},n_{i} \), and T such that \(m_{i} \le x_{i}(t) \le M_{i}\), \(n_{i} \le u_{i}(t) \le N_{i} \) for all \(t > T \).
This ends the proof of Theorem 3.1. □
4 Periodic solution
Assuming that the coefficients of system (1.1) are positive continuous, ωperiodic functions, then system (1.1) is changed to an ωperiodic system. In this section, we shall obtain conditions for the existence, uniqueness, and stability of a positive periodic solution for system (1.1) by using the fixed point theory and some new analysis method. For convenience, we give firstly the following lemma.
Lemma 4.1
([54])
Let \(S \subset R_{n} \) be convex and compact. If the mapping \(T:S \to S \) is continuous, then there exists a fixed point, i.e., there exists \(x^{*} \in S \) such that \(T(x^{*}) = x^{*} \).
Theorem 4.1
Assume that system (1.1) is an ωperiodic system and satisfies conditions (\(\mathrm{H}_{1}\))–(\(\mathrm{H}_{11}\)), then system (1.1) has a positive unique ωperiodic solution, which is globally asymptotically stable.
Proof
5 Numerical simulation
6 Conclusion
This paper presents the use of Lyapunov stability theorem and comparison theorem as well as fixed point theory for a system of nonlinear differential equations. This method is a powerful tool for solving nonlinear differential equations in mathematical physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. The technique constructing a suitable Lyapunov function and Poincaré mapping provides a new efficient method to handle the nonlinear structure.
We have dealt with the problem of positive solution and periodic solution for a Lotka–Volterra predator–prey system with ratiodependent functional responses and feedback controls. The general sufficient conditions have been obtained to ensure the permanence of the system and the global asymptotic stability of a positive solution for the predator–prey system. Furthermore, some conditions for the existence, uniqueness, and stability of a positive periodic solution for the corresponding periodic system are obtained. In addition, some numerical solutions of the equations describing the system are given to illustrate our results. In particular, the sufficient conditions that we obtained are very simple, which provides flexibility for the application and analysis of the Lotka–Volterra predator–prey system.
Declarations
Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank the referees for their valuable suggestions which helped to improve this work.
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Funding
This work is supported by the Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (cstc2014jc yjjq40004) of China, the Sichuan Science and Technology Program (Grant no. 2018JY0480) of China, the Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant no. 2016m602663) of China, the National Nature Science Fund (Project no. 61503053) of China, the Natural Science Foundation Project of CQ CSTC (Grant no. cstc2015jcyj BX0135) of China.
Authors’ contributions
CW carried out the study of permanence and global attractivity and participated in the design of the study, YZ carried out the study of periodic solution and participated in the design of the study, YL drafted the manuscript and participated in the design of the study. RL carried out the numerical simulation and helped to draft the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Competing interests
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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