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1998 $N$-species competition in a periodic chemostat
Gail S. K. Wolkowicz, Xiao-Qiang Zhao
Differential Integral Equations 11(3): 465-491 (1998). DOI: 10.57262/die/1367341063


A threshold result on the global dynamics of the scalar asymptotically periodic Kolmogorov equation is proved and then applied to models of single-species growth and $n$-species competition in a periodically operated chemostat. The operating parameters and the species-specific response functions can be periodic functions of time. Species-specific removal rates are also permitted. Sufficient conditions ensure uniform persistence of all of the species and guarantee that the full system admits at least one positive, periodic solution. In the special case when the species-specific removal rates are all equal to the dilution rate, the single-species growth model has a threshold between global extinction and uniform persistence, in the form of a positive, periodic coexistence state. Improved results in the case of 3-species competition are also given, including an example illustrating competition-mediated coexistence of three species.


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Gail S. K. Wolkowicz. Xiao-Qiang Zhao. "$N$-species competition in a periodic chemostat." Differential Integral Equations 11 (3) 465 - 491, 1998.


Published: 1998
First available in Project Euclid: 30 April 2013

zbMATH: 1005.92027
MathSciNet: MR1745550
Digital Object Identifier: 10.57262/die/1367341063

Primary: 92D25
Secondary: 34C25 , 34D99

Rights: Copyright © 1998 Khayyam Publishing, Inc.

Vol.11 • No. 3 • 1998
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