Population estimate using a trap-insect model

Anguelov Roumen, Dufourd Claire, Dumont Yves. 2015. Population estimate using a trap-insect model. Biomath Communications, 2 (1), Résumé, 1 p. International Conference on Mathematical methods and Models in Biosciences and Young Scientists School, Pretoria, Afrique du Sud, 12 July 2015/17 July 2015.

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Abstract : In order to develop efficient biological control of pest insects such as mosquitoes or fruit flies, the knowledge of the population size is essential. Typically, the only field data available is obtained using traps and/or mark-release-recapture experiments. Field experiments can be time consuming and costly to conduct, with no guarantee on the usefulness of the data collected for reliable estimation of the population size. In order to improve and even simplify the process of field data collection and experiments, TIM, a trap-insect model, is built. An equation governing the dynamics of insects responding to attractive traps is coupled to an equation modelling the spread of a chemical attractant released from the traps, which yields a chemotaxis PDE model. Numerical simulations are done using a finite elements approximation on a unstructured mesh refined near the traps, and enable us to propose and test a protocol for population parameter estimation. (Texte intégral)

Mots-clés libres : Partial differential equations, Chemotaxis, Finite element method, Parameter estimation, Insects, Trap

Classification Agris : U10 - Mathematical and statistical methods
U40 - Surveying methods
H10 - Pests of plants

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Anguelov Roumen, University of Pretoria (ZAF)
  • Dufourd Claire, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AMAP (ZAF)
  • Dumont Yves, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AMAP (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-4817-685X

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