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Title: Optimal control of maize foliar diseases using the plants population dynamics
Authors: Collins, Obiora Cornelius 
Duffy, Kevin Jan 
Keywords: Maize foliar diseases;Optimal Control;Population dynamics;Stability analysis
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2015
Publisher: Taylor and Fancis
Source: Collins, O.C. and Duffy, K.J. 2015. Optimal control of maize foliar diseases using the plants population dynamics. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science. 66(1): 20-26. DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2015.1061588
Journal: Acta agriculturæ Scandinavica. Section B, Soil and plant science (Online) 
Pathogens and insects can have important negative effects on yields of crops cultivated by humans. These effects can be important for the food security or financial well-being of individuals. In particular, maize is a very important staple crop worldwide and is vulnerable to diseases. We formulate here a mathematical model to evaluate the impacts of foliar diseases on the population dynamics of maize plants. Qualitative analyses of the important mathematical features of the model are carried out. We show how this methodology can be extended to reducing the spread of foliar diseases through effective control measures with minimum costs.
ISSN: 0906-4710 (Print)
1651-1913 (Online)
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Systems Science)

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