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Ecological OrbitsHow Planets Move and Populations Grow$
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Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.001.0001

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PREDATOR—PREY INTERACTIONS AND THE PERIOD OF CYCLING

PREDATOR—PREY INTERACTIONS AND THE PERIOD OF CYCLING

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(p.64) FIVE PREDATOR—PREY INTERACTIONS AND THE PERIOD OF CYCLING
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Ecological Orbits
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Lev Ginzburg

Mark Colyvan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0005

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

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