Plant Pathogen and Hyperparasite Annual Cycle

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This Demonstration shows the annual cycle of a population of a plant pathogen that is itself attacked by a hyperparasite. The pathogen increases at a per capita rate that is reduced in proportion to the population size and decreases during the season as conditions become progressively unfavorable. It is destroyed by a hyperparasite at a rate that is proportional to both populations. The growing season is assumed to be 180 days. The hyperparasite harms the pathogen and multiplies by destroying it, but has no in-season death rate. This models something with long-lived structures but only one food source.

Contributed by: Michael Shaw (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



If the pathogen population as a proportion of its maximum is and the population of the hyperparasite is , and both are functions of time , the equations governing the changes in time are:


, and

, .

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