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Hopf bifurcation in a diffusive predator–prey model with Smith growth rate and herd behavior
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2020, Article number: 518 (2020)
Abstract
This paper mainly aims to consider the dynamical behaviors of a diffusive delayed predator–prey system with Smith growth and herd behavior subject to the homogeneous Neumann boundary condition. For the analysis of the predator–prey model, we have studied the existence of Hopf bifurcation by analyzing the distribution of the roots of associated characteristic equation. Then we have proved the stability of the periodic solution by calculating the normal form on the center of manifold which is associated to the Hopf bifurcation points. Some numerical simulations are also carried out in order to validate our analysis findings. The implications of our analytical and numerical findings are discussed critically.
Introduction
Predator–prey models are basic differential equation models for describing the interactions between two species, and are of great interest to many researchers in mathematics and ecology. There are many factors which can affect dynamical properties of biological and mathematical models, such as functional response and harvesting.
Recently, herd behavior has been concluded as a kind of behavior, it is a behavior that the prey population uses to defend itself against the predator population. It makes a group which is called “group defense”, such that when the predators make contact with the prey, they can’t really reach the inside the space of the prey group which means that the predators just hunt on the boundary of the prey population. A new scientific study mainly aimed at making interaction to be more elaborated socially is running; the study suggests that a mix of two species shows a much more individualistic behavior [1–5]. The authors who mainly work in this field have already discovered a new kind of predator–prey model which is coordinated with the fact that the predator–prey interactions usually occur through the perimeter of the herd [2], and the new kind of model can be vividly and in detail described by the following ordinary differential equations:
Here \(X(t)\) represents the prey density and \(Y(t)\) the predator density, parameter r is the growth rate of the prey, parameter K is its carrying capacity, parameter s denotes the death rate of the predator in the absence of prey, parameter α is the search efficiency of \(Y(t)\) for \(X(t)\), and parameter c is viewed as the biomass conversion or consumption rate. This kind of model is also known to us as the predator–prey model with herd behavior, and the existence of the possibility of sustained limit cycles is real; what’s more, the solution behavior near the origin shows to be more subtle and interesting.
As far as the growth of the prey is concerned, many researchers have considered logistic growth function to be a logically acceptable function
so that the average growth rate of \(\frac{N'(t)}{N(t)}\) is a nonlinear function of the density function \(N(t)\). This assumption is not realistic for a foodlimited population which is under the effect of environmental toxicants. Therefore, the population dynamics with limited growth should be based on the proportion of unused available resources,
where \(\frac{r}{c}\) is viewed as the mass in the population at K, both environmental and food chain effects of toxicants’ stress [6–9] should be taken into consideration.
In the real world, the prey and predator populations are always moving, so, in order to study the dynamics of this model, we should consider the condition that the two populations are spatially disperse. The spatial dynamics of the predator–prey models which include spatial diffusion have already been widely studied in the literature. We will assume the condition that both populations are in an isolated patch, which means that the immigration is neglected using the Neumann boundary conditions.
Based on the above discussions, we do rigorously consider the predator–prey system along with Smith growth rate and herb behavior as follows:
where \(u(t)\) is the prey density and \(v(t)\) predator density at time t; βγ is the death rate of the predator in the absence of prey, the conversion or the consumption rate of prey to predator is represented by the parameter γ.
In the realworld systems, delay exist almost everywhere. So in order to reflect the dynamical behavior of models that depend on the past history, a more realistic and better approach is to incorporate the factor time delays into the models. Many interesting and surprising conclusions have been obtained, since incorporating time delays has a great impact and complicated effect on the dynamical behaviors of the systems. In a survey paper [10], Ruan made a conclusion that the delay differential equations show more complex dynamics than ordinary differential equations. Recently, many authors paid more attention to a partial differential system in the field of delay effects; this new kind of diffusion was taken into consideration in [3, 11–13]. Some authors put their focus on the study of the delay effects of the reaction–diffusion system, and they seriously investigated the stability/instability of the coexistence equilibrium and related with Hopf bifurcation [4, 5, 14, 15].
Hence, we will try to continue studying the dynamics of the following system:
where the delay effect is represented by a nonnegative parameter τ.
In this paper, the main aim is to consider the delayinduced Hopf bifurcation for the predator–prey system (1.2) with the proper use of the normal form and the use of center manifold theory. The results of this paper could be summarized as follows. In Sect. 2, we first seriously consider the Hopf bifurcation of the local system (1.1). Secondly, we investigate the existence of the delayinduced Hopf bifurcation for the predator–prey model with strong diffusion. In Sect. 3, we carefully calculate the normal form on the center manifold to further discuss the dynamical behavior around the delayinduced Hopf bifurcation value. In Sect. 5, we present some accurate and vivid numerical simulations in order to precisely illustrate and better expand our theoretical results. In Sect. 8, this paper is ended with some discussions.
Stability and bifurcation analysis
Stability and bifurcation analysis for system (1.1) without diffusion
In order to further study the very complex dynamics of system (1.1), firstly, we discuss the dynamics of system (1.1) with no diffusion as follows:
As for the system (1.2), when \(0<\beta <1\), the unique positive equilibrium point \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\) exists, where
The linearization of (2.1) at the unique positive equilibrium point \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\) is
where
The characteristic equation is
where
To study the stability of the positive equilibrium \(E^{*}\) for system (2.1) more accurately, the mathematical relation between c and β which appear in the preceding equations is needed. Denote
then \(T_{0}(\beta ,c_{0}(\beta ))=0\).
In the following, we choose parameter c to be the bifurcation parameter and analyze the existence of Hopf bifurcation at the interior equilibrium \(E^{*}\). In fact, parameter c can also be regarded as the Smith growth rate of prey, which plays a very important role in determining the stability of the interior equilibrium and also influences the existence of Hopf bifurcation.
If we choose to consider parameter c as a bifurcation parameter, then (2.4) will have a pair of opposite purely imaginary eigenvalues \(\omega =\pm \sqrt{D_{0}}\) when the value of the parameter c is \(c=c_{0}\). System (2.1) should have a small amplitude nonconstant periodic solution bifurcated from the positive \(E^{*}\), when the parameter c crosses through \(c_{0}\) if the transversality condition is satisfied.
Let \(\lambda (c)=\alpha (c)+i\omega (c)\) be the root of (2.4), then
Hence, \(\alpha (c_{0})=0\) and
From the above discussions, we can imply that system (2.1) will undergo Hopf bifurcation at \(E^{*}\) as c crosses through \(c_{0}\) if the transversality condition (2.5) is satisfied.
Proposition
If \(0<\beta <1\), and \(\gamma >0\)and \(c>0\), then

(a)
The positive equilibrium point \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\)of system (2.1) is locally asymptotically stable when \(c>c_{0}\), and \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\)is actually unstable when \(c< c_{0}\);

(b)
System (2.1) will undergo the Hopf bifurcation at the positive equilibrium \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\)when \(c=c_{0}\).
For system (2.1), we can obtain the Hopf bifurcation line \(H_{0}: c_{0}= \frac{13\beta ^{2}}{\beta ^{2} (1+\beta ^{2} )}\), and the stability region is \(D= \{ (\beta ,c)c_{0}< c \} \)of the positive equilibrium \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\).
Next, we will continue to study the delayinduced Hopf bifurcation for the predator–prey model with diffusion.
Spatialtemporal dynamics for the diffusive predator–prey model
Let
The linearization of (1.2) at the positive equilibrium \(E^{*}\) is
with
where \(a_{11}\), \(a_{12}\), \(a_{21}\), \(a_{22}\) are already given in (2.3).
Hence, the characteristic equation of (2.6) is
where I is the \(2\times 2\) identity matrix and \(M_{k}=k^{2}\operatorname{diag}\{d_{1},d_{2}\}\), \(k\in N_{0}\), from which we can conclude that
When \(\tau =0\),
where
According to the result of [15], we always assume that the positive equilibrium \(E^{*}\) of system (1.2) without delay is asymptotically stable, which is equivalent to the condition \(T_{k}>0\), \(D_{k}>0\) for any \(k\in N_{0}\),
Hence, we can obtain a long series of Hopf bifurcation lines \(H_{k}\) given by
with
When \(\tau \neq 0\), we assume that \(\lambda =i\omega \), and substitute iω into (2.8), to obtain
Separating the real and imaginary parts, we have
which is equivalent to
where
For \(0< k< N_{1}\), there is a unique positive root \(\omega _{k}\) of (2.13),
From (2.14), we can obtain that
for \(k\in \{0,1,2,\dots ,N_{1}\}\).
Lemma 2.1
Assume that \(0<\beta <1\)holds, then
for \(j\in N_{0}\).
Lemma 2.2
If the condition \(0<\beta <1\)holds, \(T_{k}>0\), \(D_{k}>0\)for any \(k\in N_{0}\), then (2.8) has a pair of purely imaginary roots \(i\omega _{k}\)for each \(k\in \{0,1,2,\dots ,N_{1}\}\)and (2.8) will have no purely imaginary roots for any \(k\geq N_{1}+1\).
Let \(\lambda (\tau )=\alpha (\tau )+i\delta (\tau )\) be the roots of (2.8) near \(\tau =\tau _{k}^{j}\) which satisfy \(\alpha (\tau _{k}^{j} )=0\), \(\delta (\tau _{k}^{j} )=\omega _{k}\). Then, we can have the following transversality condition.
Lemma 2.3
For \(k\in \{0,1,2,\dots ,N_{1}\}\)and \(J\in N_{0}\), \(\frac{d \operatorname{Re}(\lambda )}{d \tau }_{\tau =\tau _{k}^{j}}>0\).
Proof
Differentiating the two sides of (2.8), we get
Thus, by (2.12) and (2.13), we have
Clearly, \(\tau _{k}^{0}=\min_{j\in N_{0}} \{ \tau _{k}^{j} \} \), \(k \in \{0,1,2,\dots ,N_{1}\}\), and from the above lemmas, we already know that \(\tau _{0}^{0}=\min \{ \tau _{k}^{j}: 0\leq k\leq N_{1}, j\in N_{0} \} \). Denote the parameter \(\tau _{*}=\tau _{0}^{0}\). Let \(\lambda (\tau )=\alpha (\tau )+i\delta (\tau )\) be the pair of roots of Eq. (2.8) near \(\tau =\tau _{k}^{j}\) satisfying \(\alpha (\tau _{k}^{j} )=0\) and \(\delta (\tau _{k}^{j} )=\omega _{k}\). Then, we can present the following results. □
Theorem 2.1
Assume that the condition \(0<\beta <1\)holds, \(T_{k}>0\), \(D_{k}>0\)for any \(k\in N_{0}\); \(\omega _{k}\)and \(\tau _{k}^{j}\)is defined by (2.14) and (2.15), respectively. And denote the minimum value of the critical values of delay by \(\tau _{*}=\min_{k,j} \{ \tau _{k}^{j} \} \).

(a)
The positive equilibrium \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\)of system (1.2) is asymptotically stable for the parameter \(\tau \in (0,\tau _{*})\)and unstable for any \((\tau _{*},+\infty )\);

(b)
System (1.2) undergoes Hopf bifurcations near the positive equilibrium \(E^{*} (u^{*},v^{*} )\)at \(\tau _{k}^{j}\)for any \(k\in \{0, 1, 2, \dots , N_{1}\}\)and any \(j\in N_{0}\).
Direction of Hopf bifurcation and stability of bifurcating periodic solution
Normal form of the Hopf bifurcation for a diffusive model
For \(U_{1}=(u_{1},v_{1})^{T}\), \(U_{2}=(u_{2},v_{2})^{T}\in X\), define the inner product
where \(X= \{ (u,v)\in W^{2,2}(0,\pi )\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}= \frac{\partial v}{\partial x}=0 \text{ at } x=0,\pi \} \).
We denote \(c^{*}=c_{j}\), and then introduce a new parameter \(\varepsilon \in \mathbb{R}\) by setting the parameter \(c=c^{*}+\varepsilon \) such that \(\varepsilon =0\) obviously becomes the bifurcation value. Then, we rewrite the positive equilibrium just as a parameterdependent form \(E^{*}_{\varepsilon } (u^{*}(\varepsilon ),v^{*}(\varepsilon ) )\) with
Setting \(\tilde{u}(\cdot ,t)=u(\cdot ,t)u^{*}(\varepsilon )\), \(\tilde{v}(\cdot ,t)=v( \cdot ,t)v^{*}(\varepsilon )\), \(\tilde{U}(t)=(\tilde{u}(\cdot ,t), \tilde{v}(\cdot ,t))\) and then dropping the tildes for the simplification of notation, system (1.1) can be written as the following equation:
where
with \(f_{ijl}^{(n)}= \frac{\partial ^{i+j+l}\tilde{f}^{(n)}(0,0,0)}{\partial u^{i} \partial v^{j} \partial \varepsilon ^{l}}\), \(n=1,2\), and
By a direct computation, we obtain that \(f_{020}=f_{120}=f_{030}=0\).
Assuming that there does exist a parameter \(k\in N_{0}\) such that \(\Delta _{k}=0\) with \(c=c^{*}\) which has a pair of purely imaginary roots \(\pm i\omega _{k}\), the remaining roots of the characteristic Eq. (3.1) will actually have nonzero real parts, where
In term of \(\mathcal{M}_{k}p_{k}=i\omega _{k} p_{k}\) and \(\mathcal{M}_{k}^{T}q_{k}=i\omega _{k} q_{k}\), we choose \(p_{k}\) and \(q_{k}\) such that \(\langle q^{T}_{k},p_{k}\rangle =1\), where
with \(D= [1+ \frac{ (i\omega _{k}+d_{1}k^{2}a_{11} )^{2}}{a_{12}a_{21}} ]^{1}\).
By (3.1) and a very direct computation, we get
then
where
Thus, we obtain
where \(B_{k1}=q_{k}^{T} (f_{101}p_{k1}+f_{011}p_{k2} )\).
The calculation of \(\mathrm{Proj}_{S}f^{1}_{3}(z,0,0)\).
It is easy to verify that
where
with \(b_{k21}=q_{k}^{T} (f_{300}p_{k1}p_{k1}^{2}+f_{210} (p_{k1}^{2} \bar{p}_{k2}+2p_{k2}p_{k1}^{2} ) )\).
The calculation of \(\mathrm{Proj}_{S} [ (D_{z}f_{2}^{1} )(z,0,0)U_{2}^{1}(z,0) ]\) requires
where there is a straightforward calculation which shows that
and then
with
where
The calculation of \(\mathrm{Proj}_{S} [ (D_{w}f_{2}^{1} )(z,0,0)U_{2}^{2}(z,0) ]\) is as follows:
with
where
In order to obtain \(D_{k21}\), we compute \(h_{kj20}\) and \(h_{kj11}\) as follows:
and
Thus, the normal form of Hopf bifurcations on the center manifold is
where
which can be written down in real coordinates w by letting \(z_{1}=w_{1}iw_{2}\), \(z_{2}=w_{1}+iw_{2}\), and transforming to polar coordinates \(w_{1}=\rho \cos \xi \), \(w_{2}=\rho \sin \xi \). Then, this normal form becomes
with \(\nu _{k1}=\operatorname{Re}(B_{k1})\), \(\nu _{k2}=\operatorname{Re}(B_{k2})\).
It’s know that the direction of the bifurcation is determined by the sign of \(\nu _{k1}\nu _{k2}\) (supercritical if \(\nu _{k1}\nu _{k2}<0\), subcritical \(\nu _{k1}\nu _{k2}>0\)), and the stability of the nontrivial periodic orbits can be determined by the sign of \(\nu _{k2}\) (stable if \(\nu _{k2}<0\), unstable if \(\nu _{k2}>0\)).
Normal form of the delayinduced Hopf bifurcation for a diffusive model
In this subsection, we shall study the directions, stability and period of bifurcating periodic solutions by moderately and scrupulously applying the normal formal theory and the center manifold theory of partial functional differential equations which are presented in [15–18] in detail. For fixed \(j\in N_{0}\), \(0\leq k\leq N_{1}\), we denote \(\tau ^{*}=\tau _{k}^{j}\), and then introduce a new parameter \(\varepsilon \in \mathbb{R}\) by setting \(\varepsilon =\tau \tau ^{*}\) such that \(\varepsilon =0\) becomes the Hopf bifurcation value obviously.
Setting \(\tilde{u}(\cdot ,t)=u(\cdot ,\tau t)u^{*}\), \(\tilde{v}(\cdot ,t)=v( \cdot ,\tau t)v^{*}\), \(\tilde{U}(t)= (\tilde{u}(\cdot ,\tau t), \tilde{v}(\cdot ,\tau t) )\) and \(\mathcal{C}=C([1,0],X)\), and then dropping the tildes for the simplification of notation, system (1.2) can be written as follows:
where
with \(f_{ijl}^{(n)}= \frac{\partial ^{i+j+l}\tilde{f}^{(n)}(u^{*},v^{*},u^{*})}{\partial u^{i} \partial v^{j} \partial w^{l}}\), \(n=1,2\), and
By direct computation, we can obtain \(f_{020}=f_{210}=f_{120}=f_{030}=0\).
Setting \(\tau =\tau ^{*}+\varepsilon \), \(\varLambda _{0}= \{ i\tau ^{*}\omega ^{*},i\tau ^{*}\omega ^{*} \} \) gives
The eigenvalues of \(\tau ^{*}D\Delta \) on X are \(\mu ^{i}_{k}=d_{i}\tau ^{*}k^{2},i=1,2,k\in N_{0}\).
\(\mathbf{B}_{k}=\mathrm{span} \{ < v(\cdot ),\beta _{k}^{i}>\beta _{k}^{i}v \in \mathcal{C},i=1,2 \} \), \(z_{t}(\theta )\in \mathcal{C}=C ([1,0], \mathbb{R}^{2} )\),
The linear PDE restricted on \(\mathbf{B}_{k}\) is equivalent to the FDE on \(\mathcal{C}=C ([1,0],\mathbb{R}^{2} )\),
When \(\tau =\tau ^{*}\), define \(\eta (\theta )\in BV([1,0],\mathbb{R})\), such that
and the adjoint bilinear form on \(\mathcal{C}^{*}\times \mathcal{C},\mathcal{C}^{*}=C ([0,1], \mathbb{R}^{2*} )\) as follows:
where \(<\varPhi _{k},\varPsi _{k}>=I_{2}\), and
with \(D= (1+\tau ^{*} (i\omega ^{*}+d_{1}k^{2}a_{11} )+ \frac{ (i\omega ^{*}+d_{1}k^{2}a_{11} )e^{i\omega ^{*}\tau ^{*}}}{a_{12}a_{21}} )^{1}\),
where
and
and
where
where \(h_{k20}(\theta )\) and \(h_{k11}(\theta )\) are all determined by the following equations:
with
Through the change of variables \(z_{1}=\omega _{1}i\omega _{2}\), \(z_{2}=\omega _{1}+i\omega _{2}\) and \(\omega _{1}=\rho _{1}\cos \phi \), \(\omega _{2}=\rho _{1}\sin \phi \), the normal form becomes the following polar coordinate system:
with the parameters \(\kappa _{k1}=\operatorname{Re} A_{k1}\), \(\kappa _{k2}=\operatorname{Re} A_{k2}\). Thus, from [15], we know that the sign of \(\kappa _{k1}\kappa _{k2}\) determines the direction of the bifurcation and the sign of the parameter \(\kappa _{k2}\) can determine the stability of the nontrivial periodic orbits, and so we have following results.
Theorem 4.1

(a)
When \(\kappa _{k1}\kappa _{k2}<0\), the Hopf bifurcation that the system undergoes at the critical value \(\tau =\tau ^{*}\)is a supercritical bifurcation. Moreover, if \(\kappa _{k2}<0\), then the bifurcating periodic solution is always stable; if \(\kappa _{k2}>0\), then the bifurcating periodic solution is unstable.

(b)
When \(\kappa _{k1}\kappa _{k2}>0\), the Hopf bifurcation that the system undergoes at the critical value \(\tau =\tau ^{*}\)is a subcritical bifurcation. Moreover, if \(\kappa _{k2}<0\), then the bifurcating periodic solution is stable; if \(\kappa _{k2}>0\), then the bifurcating periodic solution is an unstable one.
In the next section, we perform some accurate numerical simulations, together with dynamical analysis for Hopf bifurcation, of systems (1.1) and (1.2).
Numerical simulations
In this section, by using mathematical software Matlab, we present some numerical simulations to support and extend our analytical results.
Hopf bifurcation
For system (1.1), choosing the parameters \(d_{1}=0.05\), \(d_{2}=0.1\), \(\gamma =1\), \(\beta =0.5048\), and doing simple calculation, we can obtain that the Hopf bifurcation value is \(c_{0}=0.7366\). We also can get the values \(\kappa _{k1}=0.0567\), \(\kappa _{k2}=0.0186\). This implies us that if the parameter c goes across the critical value 0.7366, then a family of unstable spatially homogeneous periodic solutions will bifurcate from the positive equilibrium \(E^{*}\), which are clearly depicted by Figs. 1 and 2.
Delayinduced Hopf bifurcation
For system (1.2), we chose to set the values \(d_{1}=0.05\), \(d_{2}=0.1\), \(\gamma =1\), \(c=0.75\), \(\beta =0.6\). Then, a long series of exact calculations shows that \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\), and also \(\tau _{*}=0.9363\), \(\kappa _{01}=0.0625\), \(\kappa _{02}=0.1026\). Hence, \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\) is showed to be locally stable when the parameter \(\tau \in [0,\tau _{*})\). When the parameter τ crosses the critical value \(\tau _{*}\), \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\) will lose its stability and at the same time Hopf bifurcation will occur, so a family of stable spatially homogeneous periodic solutions are shown to be bifurcating from \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\), which are respectively depicted by Figs. 3 and 4.
Conclusions
In this paper, we mainly have dealt with a predator–prey model along with a spatial diffusion, Smith growth rate and herd behavior, subject to Neumann boundary condition. We have discussed the stability of positive constant equilibria, and the existence and stability of Hopf bifurcation near the positive constant equilibria. Meanwhile, regarding time delay as an influential bifurcation parameter, and by using the normal form and the center manifold theorem of the functional and partial differential equations, we have concluded the existence, stability and direction of periodic solutions of functional differential equations and some partial differential equations, respectively. In fact, we have obtained a critical value of time delay, and the interesting conclusions have shown us that the critical value can really affect the stability of the positive constant equilibrium. At last, exact numerical simulations have been carried out in order to depict our theoretical analysis. For system (1.1), we have chosen to set \(d_{1}=0.05\), \(d_{2}=0.1\), \(\gamma =1\), \(\beta =0.5048\), and, together with a direct computation, we have obtained the critical value \(c_{0}=0.7366\), and have also gotten the values \(\kappa _{k1}=0.0567\), \(\kappa _{k2}=0.0186\). We can conclude from the result that the positive equilibrium \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\) is asymptotically stable for the parameter \(c=0.8>0.7366\), and there exist unstable spatially homogenous periodic solutions that are bifurcating from the positive equilibrium \((u^{*},v^{*} )\) when the parameter \(c=0.75>0.7366\), which is shown in Figs. 1 and 2. For system (1.2), choosing to set the values \(d_{1}=0.05\), \(d_{2}=0.1\), \(\gamma =1\), \(c=0.75\), \(\beta =0.6\), together with a very direct computation, we have also obtained the critical value of delay for the parameter \(k = 0\), that is, \(\tau _{*}=0.9363\), \(\kappa _{k1}=0.0625\), \(\kappa _{k2}=0.1026\). We have concluded that the positive equilibrium \((u^{*},v^{*})=(0.4094,0.3517)\) is asymptotically stable for the parameter \(\tau =0.9063<0.9363\) and unstable for \(\tau =0.9463>0.9363\). So, system (1.2) undergoes Hopf bifurcation near the positive equilibrium \((u^{*},v^{*})\) at the time when the delay τ increasingly exceeds the critical value \(\tau _{*}\). By computing \(\kappa _{01}=0.0625\), \(\kappa _{02}=0.1026\), and combining with the results in Sect. 3, we know that the direction of Hopf bifurcation is supercritical, and the bifurcating periodic solution is stable, and there also exist stable spatially homogenous periodic solutions, which is shown in Figs. 3 and 4.
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Jiang, H., Fang, H. & Wu, Y. Hopf bifurcation in a diffusive predator–prey model with Smith growth rate and herd behavior. Adv Differ Equ 2020, 518 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662020028794
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Keywords
 Diffusion
 Hopf bifurcation
 Predator–prey model
 Smith growth rate
 Delay
 Herd behavior