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PREDATOR—PREY INTERACTIONS AND THE PERIOD OF CYCLING

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

in Ecological Orbits

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195168167
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0005
PREDATOR—PREY INTERACTIONS AND THE PERIOD OF CYCLING

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In order to appreciate fully the advantages of the inertial view of population growth, it is necessary to discuss some of the details of and debates about the predator-prey account of population cycles. This chapter argues that the ratio-dependant idealization of the predator-prey interaction is quite different from the more traditional prey-dependent idealization. Moreover, the former view is not conducive to cyclic behavior.

Keywords: population cycles; predator-prey models; ratio-dependent predation; prey dependence

Chapter.  5579 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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