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Optimal natural enemies deployment in patchy environments for augmentative biological control

Bapan Ghosh 1, 2 Frédéric Grognard 2 Ludovic Mailleret 2, 3 
2 BIOCORE - Biological control of artificial ecosystems
LOV - Laboratoire d'océanographie de Villefranche, CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Abstract : Biological control, the use of an organism to reduce the population density of another organism, is an alternative technique to pesticide for crop protection against pests. Its efficiency is achieved though predation, parasitism, pathogenicity,... Biological control has the upper-hand on pesticides from health, environmental and durability point of views. However, it needs to be optimized in order to rival pesticides from economic and efficiency point of views. In the present work, we will focus on predator-prey relationships and we consider augmentative biological control, that is a technique that consists in periodically releasing biological control agents for pest control. We consider that the area to be protected is divided into patches, either because it is naturally so (eg. separate fields) or because a single field is artificially divided into areas into which separate agent releases are achieved. Starting with a two patch model with dispersal of both species between the two patches, we attempt to give answers to two dual questions : 1) how to release the predators to achieve a given prey decreasing rate with minimal effort and 2) how to spread a given predator release rate between the patches to achieve the fastest prey decay.In this study, we first examine the effectiveness of impulsive release of biological agents into a two patch environment through mathematical modeling. We develop continuous predator-prey models with dispersal of the species in both patches between which the predator-prey dynamics can be quite different due to differing environmental conditions. Predator releases are then modelled through instantaneous impulses taking place periodically in each patch. Three parameters are then used to analyze this problem : the total predator release rate (which needs to be minimzed in question 1, but is fixed in question 2), the release period, and the predator release distribution between the patches. We first consider Lotka-Volterra models with linear dispersal (Yang & Tang, 2009), for which we show that, most of the time, it is best to split the release between the two patches to achieve pest eradication optimally. A model with fitness-based dispersal is then considered (Cressmann & Krivan, 2013) so that the impact of population dispersal modes on biological control strategies can be analyzed.
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  • HAL Id : hal-01087508, version 1
  • PRODINRA : 313808


Bapan Ghosh, Frédéric Grognard, Ludovic Mailleret. Optimal natural enemies deployment in patchy environments for augmentative biological control. 9th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, Jun 2014, Goteborg, Sweden. ⟨hal-01087508⟩



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