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However, the fraction of inaccessible hosts that yields stability is severely bounded both above and below, as is the host’s power of increase, P. The basic model is modifled to incorporate variable accessibility by adding a probability density distribution, f(a), which specifies the distribution of accessibilities among prey: ~ t =+F H~ ~ e - e t f ( a ) h 0 Pt+, = F&-Ht+1 (10) Hassell and May (1973) build upon a base similar to that of Bailey al. (1962). ’s lower accessibility. Where Bailey et al.

More precisely, the values of H satisfying this criterion will form an interval of the form (0,Hm}: Hm is the maximum value of H satisfying the criterion. For decelerating functional responses, Hm = 0. The size of Hm is one measure of the tendency of the functional response to stabilize: since H * < Hm is required for stability, a large value of H , means a wider range of values of H* for PREDATION AND POPULATION STABILITY 21 which stability occurs. The larger H * is, the less likely is extinction to occur through random fluctuations.

Where Bailey et al. employ a probability distribution, f (a),to designate relative accessibility, Hassell and May simply assign different proportions (a1)of the hosts to different patches, and this distribution of hosts remains fixed through time. Hosts in different patches then have different relative chances of being attacked because the parasites aggregate at denser patches according to the rule /It = cap$, where /It is the proportion of the parasites at the patch with a4 of the hosts. Positive values of p give aggregation.

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