International Journal of Differential Equations
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 287969, 41 pages
Research Article

A Predator-Prey Model in the Chemostat with Time Delay

1Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1, Canada
2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3, Canada

Received 1 November 2009; Accepted 11 January 2010

Academic Editor: Yuri V. Rogovchenko

Copyright © 2010 Guihong Fan and Gail S. K. Wolkowicz. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this paper is to study the dynamics of predator-prey interaction in a chemostat to determine whether including a discrete delay to model the time between the capture of the prey and its conversion to viable biomass can introduce oscillatory dynamics even though there is a globally asymptotically stable equilibrium when the delay is ignored. Hence, Holling type I response functions are chosen so that no oscillatory behavior is possible when there is no delay. It is proven that unlike the analogous model for competition, as the parameter modeling the delay is increased, Hopf bifurcations can occur.