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Predator–Prey RelationshipsIntroductionPredator-prey relations refer to the interactions between two species where one species is the hunted food source for. Occasionally, an individual predator and prey will become friends, and the predator will protect their friend from the other predators, but will have no problem . Most other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more us to escape the limits usually found in predator-prey relationships.
Introduction The use of mathematics as an alternative weapon in the fight against crime is on the rise. Agent-based models are popular in investigating the spatio-temporal dynamics of crime. An interesting development in agent-based modelling is the incorporation of information from geographical information systems GISs so as to make the model more realistic.
Generally, in applying these models to crime and criminal behaviour, the agents represent people—criminals, potential victims, police, etc. These agents inhabit an artificial environment that is designed to reflect features such as buildings, a street network, a social network, or barriers to movement.
The social nature of some types of crime and criminal behaviour is the basis of models adapted from population biology such as infectious disease models and predator—prey models, both of which deal with interacting groups. The model developed in this paper examines the police—gang relationship where police officers act as predators of gang members and may become corrupted by them resulting in criminal behaviour on their part.
We model the dynamics of the police—gang relationship using a combination of an infectious disease and a predator—prey model from population biology also known as an eco-epidemiological model.Predators and Prey: Okavango - National Geographic
The behaviour of the model is investigated through stability and bifurcation analysis. The paper is organized as follows: Material and methods 2. The mathematical model The model uses the analogy of police officers as predators of gang members. Also, gang membership is treated as an infection that is spread to police officers by both gang members and other police officers.
Hence, two populations are considered: The gang population is divided into two compartments: Sg contains susceptible gang members, who are not yet fully committed to the gang lifestyle. The population Ig contains the committed core gang members. The predators of the gangs, the police officers, are divided into those who function within the police service yet have affiliations to gangs, corrupt police officers Ipand susceptible police officers Sp who are fully committed to the police service.
Spatial heterogeneity in the environment might have a stabilizing effect.
Predator -prey relationship
A laboratory experiment using a complex laboratory system supports this explanation. A predaceous mite feeds on an herbivorous mite, which feeds on oranges. A complex laboratory system completed four classic cycles, before collapsing. Observations of prickly pear cactus and the cactus moth in Australia support this lab experiment. This South American cactus became a widespread nuisance in Australia, making large areas of farmland unusable.
When the moth, which feeds on this cactus, was introduced, it rapidly brought the cactus under control. Some years later both moth and cactus were rare, and it is unlikely that the casual observer would ever think that the moth had accomplished this. Once the cactus became sufficiently rare, the moths were also rare, and unable to find and eliminate every last plant.
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Inadequate dispersal is perhaps the only factor that keeps the cactus moth from completely exterminating its principal food source, the prickly pear cactus. Prey defenses can be a stabilizing factor in predator-prey interactions.
Predation can be a strong agent of natural selection. Easily captured prey are eliminated, and prey with effective defenses that are inherited rapidly dominate the population. Examples include camouflage in the peppered moth, and prey that are nocturnal to escape detection. Bats capture moths in flight, using sonar to detect them; some moths are able to detect incoming sonar, and take evasive action. Perhaps seriously unbalanced system simply disappear, and those that persist are ones in which the predator is not "too effective", likely because the prey has adaptations to reduce its vulnerability.
The availability of a second prey type -- an alternate prey -- can be stabilizing or destabilizing. Often a predator eats more than one prey. If a predator switches between prey A and B on the basis of their frequency, it will eat A when B is rare and B when A is rare.
The prey should exhibit mild oscillations, and the predator should fluctuate little. This would stabilize prey abundances. However, if one prey species is abundant and the predator is unable to reduce its numbers, the result might be the maintenance of a continuously high predator density. Such an abundant predator might then eliminate a second prey species. This is a destabilizing effect of an alternative prey. The hare-caribou-lynx relationship in Newfoundland is a complex example of such a destabilizing effect.
Complex Interactions in Ecological Communities Predation can have far-reaching effects on biological communities. A starfish is the top predator upon a community of invertebrates inhabiting tidally inundated rock faces in the Pacific Northwest.
The rest of the community included mollusks, barnacles and other invertebrates, for a total of 12 species not counting microscopic taxa. The investigator removed the starfish by hand, which of course reduced the number of species to Soon, an acorn barnacle and a mussel began to occupy virtually all available space, out competing other species. Species diversity dropped from more than 12 species to essentially 2. The starfish was a keystone predatorkeeping the strongest competitors in check.
Although it was a predator, it helped to maintain a greater number of species in the community. Its beneficial impact on species that were weak competitors is an example of an indirect effect. When non-native species exotics invade an area, they often create "domino" effects, causing many other species to increase or decrease. The rainbow trout, beautiful, tasty, and beloved by anglers, has been purposefully spread to virtually all parts of the world where it can survive.
In New Zealand, it has out-competed the native fishes, which now are found only above waterfalls that act as barriers to trout dispersal. Because it is a more effective predator than the native fish species, the invertebrates that are prey to the trout are reduced in abundance wherever trout occur.