Invasion speeds of Triatoma dimidiata, vector of Chagas disease: An application of orthogonal polynomials method

Abstract : Demographic processes and spatial dispersal of Triatoma dimidiata, a triatomine species vector of Chagas disease, are modeled by integrodifference equations to estimate invasion capacity of this species under different ecological conditions. The application of the theory of orthogonal polynomials and the steepest descent method applied to these equations, allow a good approximation of the abundance of the adult female population and the invasion speed. We show that: (1) under the same mean conditions of demography and dispersal, periodic spatial dispersal results in an invasion speed 2.5 times larger than the invasion speed when spatial dispersal is continuous; (2) when the invasion speed of periodic spatial dispersal is correlated to adverse demographic conditions, it is 34.7% higher as compared to a periodic dispersal that is correlated to good demographic conditions. From our results we conclude, in terms of triatomine population control, that the invasive success of T. dimidiata may be most sensitive to the probability of transition from juvenile to adult stage. We discuss our main theoretical predictions in the light of observed data in different triatomines species found in the literature.
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Journal of Theoretical Biology, Elsevier, 2016, 395, p. 126-143. 〈10.1016/j.jtbi.2016.01.017〉
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Mohammed Mesk, Tewfik Mahdjoub, Sébastien Gourbière, Jorge E. Rabinovich, Frédéric Menu. Invasion speeds of Triatoma dimidiata, vector of Chagas disease: An application of orthogonal polynomials method. Journal of Theoretical Biology, Elsevier, 2016, 395, p. 126-143. 〈10.1016/j.jtbi.2016.01.017〉. 〈hal-01298098〉

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