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# Feedback control effect on the Lotka-Volterra prey-predator system with discrete delays

*Advances in Difference Equations*
**volume 2017**, Article number: 373 (2017)

## Abstract

In this paper, we study a Lotka-Volterra prey-predator system with feedback control. We establish sufficient conditions under which a unique positive equilibrium is globally stable. Further, we show that a suitable feedback control on predator species can make prey species that is on the brink of extinction become globally stable, but under the conditions of small feedback control on predator, the prey species still extinct, whereas the predator species is stable at certain values. Several examples are presented to show the feasibility of the main results.

## Introduction

A famous prey-predator system with discrete delays can be defined by

where \(x_{1}(t)\) is the prey population density at time *t*, \(x_{2}(t)\) is the predator population density at time *t*, \(r_{1}\) is the intrinsic growth rate of prey, \(r_{2}\) is the intrinsic growth rate for predator species, \(a_{ii}\) for \(i=1,2\) are intraspecific competition rates, and \(a_{ij}\) for \(i\neq j\), \(i,j=1,2\) are interspecific competition rates for prey and predator species, \(\tau_{1}\) is the time of catching prey, and \(\tau_{2}\) is maturation delay of predator.

The dynamical behavior of prey-predator system such as (1.1) has been investigated by many authors, and many excellent results concerned with permanence, extinction and persistence or uniform persistence, global stability, and almost periodic solutions are obtained (see, for example, [1–18]). In all prey-predator systems, there is a common competition between prey and predator species, and in general this competition is one sided, that is, the loss occurs only in the prey populations. In some cases, poor natural environment leads to a decrease in the birth rate of the prey population. Meanwhile, with the large predatory, the prey population is less and less and then tends to zero. Recently, many scholars have done research on the ecosystem with feedback controls (see [19–26] and the references therein). In particular, Gopalsamy and Weng [22] introduced a feedback control variable into a two-species competitive system and discussed the existence of the globally attractive positive equilibrium of the system with feedback controls. Hu et al. [26] considered the extinction of a nonautonomous Lotka-Volterra competitive system with pure delays and feedback controls, and by simulation they found that suitable feedback control variables can transform extinct species into permanent. Therefore, a natural and important question is that whether a proper control only on the predator population can make the extinct prey species become permanent, and the prey-predator can coexist in a certain pattern.

Motivated by the above work, in this paper, we consider the following predator-prey Lotka-Volterra delay system with feedback control:

where \(u(t)\) is the indirect control variable, \(r_{i}>0\), \(\tau_{i}\geq0\), \(a_{ij}>0\), \(i,j=1,2\), \(\tau=\max\{\tau_{1},\tau_{2}\}\), \(c>0\), \(e>0\), \(d>0\),

where \(\phi_{i}(\theta)\) (\(i=1,2\)) and \(\psi({\theta})\) are nonnegative and bounded continuous functions on \([-\tau,0]\).

The aim of this paper is, by using the method of multiple Lyapunov functionals [22, 24] and by developing a new analysis technique [26], to obtain sufficient conditions under which a unique positive equilibrium is globally stable.

This paper is organized as follows. In the next section, as preliminaries, some assumptions and lemmas are introduced. In Section 3, the main results of this paper are stated and proved. Finally, several examples together with their numerical simulations show the feasibility of the main results and the considerable effects of feedback controls to extinction of prey species.

## Preliminaries

Throughout this paper, we introduce the following hypotheses:

By the method of Lyapunov functions (see [22, 26–29]), one can show that if the coefficients of system (1.1) satisfy (H_{1}), then system (1.1) possesses a unique positive equilibrium \((\bar{x}_{1}, \bar{x}_{2})=(\frac {r_{1}a_{22}-r_{2}a_{12}}{a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21}}},\frac {r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21}}})\), which is globally attractive, that is, all positive solutions of system (1.1) satisfy

If the coefficients of system (1.1) satisfy (H_{2}), then system (1.1) is extinct, that is, all positive solutions of system (1.1) satisfy

Now, we state the following lemmas, which are useful in the proof of the main results.

### Lemma 2.1

*Suppose that assumption* (H_{3}) *holds*. *It is not difficult to verity that system* (1.2) *has a unique positive equilibrium*

### Lemma 2.2

*Let*
\((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\)
*be a solution of system* (1.2) *with initial condition* (1.3). *Then*
\((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\)
*is positive and bounded for all*
\(t\geq0\).

### Proof

Obviously, the solution \((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\) of system (1.2) with initial condition (1.3) is positive for all \(t\geq 0\). By the first equation of system (1.2) we have

By a standard comparison principle and basic ODE theory it follows that \(\limsup_{t\rightarrow \infty}x(t)\leq\frac{r_{1}}{a_{11}}\). Hence, for any \(\varepsilon_{1}>0\) sufficiently small, there exists \(T_{1}>0\) such that \(x_{1}(t)\leq\frac{r_{1}}{a_{11}}+\varepsilon_{1}\), \(t>T_{1}\). By the second equation of system (1.2) we have

which implies that \(\limsup_{t\rightarrow\infty}x_{2}(t)\leq \frac{r_{2}+a_{21}(\frac{r_{1}}{a_{11}}+\varepsilon_{1})}{a_{22}}\). Setting \(\varepsilon_{1}\rightarrow0\), it follows that \(\limsup_{t\rightarrow\infty}x_{2}(t)\leq \frac{r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}}\). Therefore, for any \(\varepsilon_{2}>0\) small enough, there exists \(T>T_{1}+\tau_{2}>0\) such that \(x_{2}(t)\leq \frac{r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}}+\varepsilon_{2}\), \(t>T\). By the third equation of system (1.2),

which means that \(\limsup_{t\rightarrow\infty}u(t)\leq \frac{d}{e}(\frac{r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}}+\varepsilon_{2})\). Letting \(\varepsilon_{2}\rightarrow0\), it follows that \(\limsup_{t\rightarrow\infty}u(t)\leq \frac{d}{e}\frac{r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}}\). This completes the proof of Lemma 2.2. □

## Main results

Now, we give our main results.

### Theorem 3.1

*Let*
\((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\)
*be a solution of system* (1.2). *If condition* (H_{1}) *or* (H_{3}) *holds*, *then the unique positive equilibrium of system* (1.2) *is globally asymptotically stable*, *that is*,

### Proof

Define a Lyapunov function as follows:

where \(\eta_{1}=1\), and \(\eta_{2}\) is a positive constant to be determined.

Note that system (1.2) can be rewritten as

Calculating the derivative of \(V_{1}(t)\) along the solution \((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\) of system (1.2), we have

By the inequality \(ab\leq\frac{\theta}{2}a^{2}+\frac{1}{2\theta}b^{2}\), \(\theta>0\), from (3.2) it follows that

Let

Calculating the derivative of \(V_{2}(t)\), we obtain

Define \(V(t)=V_{1}(t)+V_{2}(t)\). It follows from (3.3) and (3.4) that

Denote \(\delta_{1}=a_{11}-\frac{a_{12}}{2\theta_{1}}-\frac{\eta _{2}a_{21}}{2\theta_{2}}\) and \(\delta_{2}=a_{22}\eta_{2}-\frac{a_{12}\theta_{1}}{2}-\frac{\eta _{2}a_{21}\theta_{2}}{2}\).

Then taking \(\eta_{2}=\frac{a_{12}}{a_{21}}\) and \(\theta_{1}=\theta_{2}=\frac{a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}a_{21}}{2a_{11}a_{21}}\), we have

Then, (H_{1}) or (H_{3}) shows that \(\delta_{i}>0\), \(i=1,2\). It is easy to see that

Therefore, \(V(t)\) is nonincreasing. By Lemma 2.2, \(\dot{x}_{i}(t)\), \(i=1,2\), are bounded. So \(\vert x_{i}(t)-x_{i}^{*} \vert \), \(i=1,2\), are uniformly continuous on \([0, +\infty)\). Integrating both sides of (3.7) on the interval \([T,t)\), we have

It follows from Lemma 2.2 and the initial condition \(\phi_{i}\) that \(x_{i}(t)\), \(i=1,2\), are bounded for \(t\in R\), that is, there exists \(M>0\) such that \(0< x_{i}(t)< M\), \(i=1,2\), \(t\in R\). Obviously, \(V_{1}(T)\) is bounded, and

Therefore

From this inequality it follows that \((x_{i}(s)-x_{i}^{*})^{2}\in L^{1}[0,+\infty)\), \(i=1,2\). By Barbalat’s lemma (see [30]) we conclude that

and therefore

By the third equation of system (1.2) we have

This completes the proof of Theorem 3.1. □

### Corollary 3.1

*Let*
\((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\)
*be a solution of system* (1.2). *If condition* (H_{5}) *holds*, *then the unique positive equilibrium of system* (1.2) *is globally asymptotically stable*, *that is*,

### Proof

(H_{5}) implies (H_{3}), so system (1.2) has a positive globally asymptotically stable equilibrium. □

### Remark 3.1

If (H_{1}) holds, then systems (1.1) and (1.2) are globally stable. Theorem 3.1 implies that the feedback control keeps the property of stability of system (1.2) but only changes the position of the unique positive equilibrium. That is, feedback control of system (1.2) leads to the number of the prey population increased (\(x_{1}^{*}=\frac {e(r_{1}a_{22}-r_{2}a_{12})+r_{1}cd}{e(a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21})+cda_{11}}}>\bar {x}_{1}=\frac{r_{1}a_{22}-r_{2}a_{12}}{a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21}}}\)) and the number of the predator population decreased (\(x_{2}^{*}= \frac {e(r_{2}a_{11}+{r_{1}}a_{21})}{e(a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21}})+cda_{11}}<\bar {x}_{2}=\frac{r_{2}a_{11}+r_{1}a_{21}}{a_{11}a_{22}+a_{12}{a_{21}}}\)).

### Remark 3.2

If (H_{2}) holds, system (1.1) is extinct. (H_{5}) implies (H_{2}), and system (1.2) has a unique positive equilibrium, which is globally asymptotically stable. Theorem 3.1 implies that the proper feedback control on predator species can change extinct prey species to be permanent.

### Theorem 3.2

*Assume that* (H_{4}) *holds*. *Let*
\((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\)
*be a solution of system* (1.2). *Then*

### Proof

Condition (H_{4}) implies that

By (3.9) we can choose positive constants \(\alpha>0\), \(\beta>0\), \(\gamma>0\) such that

and

Thus there exists \(\delta>0\) such that

Consider a Lyapunov functional of the form

Calculating the derivative of *V* along the solution of system (1.2), we have

From inequalities (3.10) and (3.11) we obtain

Integrating this inequality from 0 to *t*, we have

By similar arguments as in the proof of Theorem 3.1, there exists \(M>0\) such that \(0< x_{i}(t)< M\), \(i=1,2\), \(t\in R\). So

On the other hand,

Combining inequalities (3.12), (3.13), and (3.14), we have

Inequality (3.15) means that

where \(\lambda= [M^{\beta}\exp(\beta a_{21}M\tau+\alpha a_{12}M\tau) V(0) ]^{\frac{1}{\alpha}}\). Hence, we obtain that

This completes the proof of Theorem 3.2. □

### Theorem 3.3

*If condition* (H_{4}) *holds*, *then the equilibrium*
\((x_{1}^{**}, x_{2}^{**}, u^{**})=(0,\frac{er_{2}}{e a_{22}+cd}, \frac{dr_{2}}{e a_{22}+cd})\)
*of system* (1.2) *is globally asymptotically stable*, *that is*,

### Proof

Let \((x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t),u(t))^{T}\) be a solution of system (1.2). It follows from Theorem 3.2 that \(\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty}x_{1}(t)=0\), and it is easy to obtain that system (1.2) has an equilibrium \((x_{1}^{**}, x_{2}^{**}, u^{**})=(0,\frac{er_{2}}{e a_{22}+cd}, \frac{dr_{2}}{e a_{22}+cd})\). Therefore, we only need to verify

As before, we define a Lyapunov function as follows:

Calculating the derivative of \(V_{1}(t)\) along the solution of system (1.2), we obtain that

Let

Calculating the derivative of \(V_{2}(t)\) along the solution of system (1.2), we have

Define

It follows from (3.17) and (3.18) that

Integrating both sides of (3.19) on the interval \([T, t)\), we obtain

Obviously, \(V_{1}(t)\) is bounded, and

By (H_{5}) it follows Theorem 3.2 that \(\int_{0}^{+\infty} x_{1}(s)\,ds<+\infty\), and so \(\int_{T}^{t} x_{1}(s)\,ds<+\infty\). Hence, we have

Similarly to the analysis of the proof of Theorem 3.1, by Barbalat’s lemma (see [30]) we have

that is,

This completes the proof of Theorem 3.3. □

### Remark 3.3

By comparative analysis of (H_{3}) and (H_{4}) note that when the feedback control repression \(\frac{cd}{e}\) remains small, feedback control on predator species has no influence on the extinction of system (1.2).

## Examples

In this section, we give examples to illustrate the results obtained.

### Example 4.1

We consider the following equations:

Consider the initial conditions \((x_{1}(\theta),x_{2}(\theta))^{T}=(0.3, 0.2)^{T}\) and \((1, 0.8)^{T}\) for all \(\theta\in[-3,0] \) and \(t \in[0,100]\). Obviously, \(\frac{r_{1}}{r_{2}}=\frac{2}{1}>\frac{a_{12}}{a_{22}}=\frac {4}{3}\), \(\frac{a_{11}}{a_{21}}=\frac{3}{2}>\frac {a_{12}}{a_{22}}=\frac{4}{3} \). Then condition (H_{1}) holds, and there exists a unique positive equilibrium \((x_{1}^{*}, x_{2}^{*})=(\frac{2}{17},\frac{7}{17})\), which is globally asymptotically stable (see Figure 1).

### Example 4.2

We introduce feedback control to the predator species of system (4.1):

Consider the initial conditions \((x_{1}(\theta),x_{2}(\theta), u(\theta))^{T}=(0.3, 0.2, 0.3)^{T}\) and \((1, 0.8, 1)^{T}\) for all \(\theta\in[-3,0]\) and \(t \in[0,100]\). For system (4.1), condition (H_{1}) holds; then system (4.2) has a unique positive equilibrium \((x_{1}^{*}, x_{2}^{*}, u^{*})=(\frac{4}{13},\frac{7}{26},\frac{21}{104} )\), which is globally asymptotically stable. Therefore, the feedback control variable can change the position of equilibrium and retain the stable property (Figure 2).

### Example 4.3

We consider the equation

Consider the initial conditions \((x_{1}(\theta),x_{2}(\theta))^{T}=(0.3, 0.2)^{T}\) and \((1, 0.8)^{T}\) for all \(\theta\in[-3,0]\) and \(t \in[0,100]\). It is easy to see that \(\frac{r_{1}}{r_{2}}=\frac{4}{3}<\frac{a_{12}}{a_{22}}=\frac{3}{2}\), so that condition (H_{2}) holds. Then system (4.3) has an equilibrium \((x_{1}^{**}, x_{2}^{**})=(0,\frac{3}{2})\), which means that the prey species will be extinct whereas the predator species will be globally asymptotically stable (see Figure 3).

### Example 4.4

We append the proper feedback control variables only to the predator species of (4.3):

Consider the initial conditions \((x_{1}(\theta),x_{2}(\theta), u(\theta))^{T}=(0.3, 0.2, 0.3)^{T}\) and \((1, 0.8, 1)^{T}\) for all \(\theta\in[-3,0]\) and \(t \in[0,100]\). By calculation, \(\frac{r_{1}}{r_{2}}=\frac{4}{3}\), \(\frac{a_{12}}{a_{22}+\frac{cd}{e}}=\frac{3}{5}\), \(\frac{a_{11}}{a_{21}}=\frac{2}{1}\), \(\frac{a_{12}}{a_{22}}=\frac{3}{2}\). \(\frac{a_{12}}{a_{22}+\frac{cd}{e}}<\frac{r_{1}}{r_{2}}<\frac {a_{12}}{a_{22}}<\frac{a_{11}}{a_{21}}\), so that condition (H_{3}) or (H_{5}) holds. Therefore, system (4.4) has a unique positive equilibrium \((x_{1}^{*}, x_{2}^{*}, u^{*})=(\frac{11}{13},\frac{10}{13},\frac{15}{26} )\), which is globally asymptotically stable.

The result shows that the proper feedback control on predator species can change extinct prey species to be permanent, and the label shows that the number of the prey species has increased, however, is larger than that of the predator species (see Figure 4).

### Example 4.5

Finally, we consider the system

Consider the initial conditions \((x_{1}(\theta),x_{2}(\theta), u(\theta))^{T}=(0.3, 0.2, 0.3)^{T}\) and \((1, 0.8, 1)^{T}\) for all \(\theta\in[-3,0]\) and \(t \in[0,100]\), so that condition (H_{4}) holds. System (4.5) has an equilibrium \((x_{1}^{**}, x_{2}^{**}, u^{**})=(0,\frac{3}{5},\frac{9}{20} )\), which shows that the prey species is extinct whereas the predator species still has a positive equilibrium, which is globally asymptotically stable (see Figure 5).

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Shi, C., Chen, X. & Wang, Y. Feedback control effect on the Lotka-Volterra prey-predator system with discrete delays.
*Adv Differ Equ* **2017, **373 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662-017-1410-0

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### Keywords

- Lotka-Volterra system
- discrete delays
- global stability
- extinction
- feedback controls