Bifurcation and Chaos in a Discrete Fractional-Order Prey-Predator System Involving Allee Effect

Bifurcation and Chaos in a Discrete Fractional-Order Prey-Predator System Involving Allee Effect

George Maria Selvam A. (Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), India) and Janagaraj R. (Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3122-8.ch002


This chapter considers the discrete counterpart of a fractional order prey-predator ODE system involving Allee effect. Several more realistic models were proposed to describe nonlinear interactions between species by introducing different types functional responses and Allee effect. Non-local property of fractional differential equations is useful in modeling population interactions possessing memories. The model under investigation has three steady states, and the positive steady state exists under certain condition. Dynamic nature of the model is discussed through local stability analysis. Enquiry into the qualitative behavior of the model reveals rich and complex dynamics exhibited by the discrete-time model. Moreover, this model undergoes Neimark Sacker bifurcation when the chosen parameter passes through a critical value. The analytical results are strengthened with appropriate numerical examples. The computation of maximal Lyapunov exponents confirms the existence of chaos. Chaos control is achieved by linear feedback control and hybrid control methods.
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There are numerous papers regarding the dynamics of the predator-prey system with and without different kinds of functional responses. In fact, the Allee effect is a phenomenon in biology named after ecologist Warder Clyde Allee (Allee, 1931) who brought attention to the possibility of a positive relationship between aspects of fitness and population size over fifty years ago (Stephens et al, 1999). In 1931, Allee introduced the Allee effect, a reproductive opportunities that cause negative growth rate of a population of biological species at densities below a critical value. It is well known that Allee effect made significant contribution in the stability analysis of equilibrium points of a population dynamics model (Ak Gumus et al, 2012). Biological facts on the Allee function are given below (Kangalgil, 2017):

  • When the population density is zero, Allee function is zero.

  • The derivatives of the Allee function with respect to independent variables are always strictly positive for all positive values of the population density.

  • Allee effect vanishes at high densities.

Many researchers contributed to the study of stability of predator–prey system in the presence/absenceof Allee effect (Pk & Ghorais, 2017). Rarely bifurcation analysis of these systems with the Allee effect has been investigated. Hence, in this chapter, predator–prey system enforced with an Allee effect is considered.(Lakshmanan et al, 2012)Fractional-order systems with order less than three have the ability to exhibit chaos. Hence, investigation of chaos in fractional-order models has become a hot topic of research, and therefore, it has been studied by many biologists and mathematicians.

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