Some contemporary problems

  • Nicolas BacaërEmail author


This chapter gives a brief overview of some contemporary problems in mathematical population dynamics: population aging in demography; emerging diseases (AIDS, SARS, vector-borne diseases…) and vaccination policy in epidemiology; fishing policies in ecology; the dispersal of genetically modified organisms in population genetics. The specialized institutions working in France on the modelling of these problems are mentioned. Various aspects of research work are also emphasized.


Contemporary Problem Basic Reproduction Number Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Aging Phenomenon International Whaling Commission 
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Further reading

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    Bacaër, N.: Approximation of the basic reproduction number \(\mathcal{R}_{0}\) for vector-borne diseases with a periodic vector population. Bull. Math. Biol. 69, 1067–1091 (2007) zbMATHCrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Bacaër, N., Gomes, M.G.M.: On the final size of epidemics with seasonality. Bull. Math. Biol. 71, 1954–1966 (2009) zbMATHCrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Bennett, J.H.: Experiments in Plant Hybridisation. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh (1965) Google Scholar
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    Levin, S.A.: Mathematics and biology, the interface.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)BondyFrance

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