A P system modeling an ecosystem related to the bearded vulture

TitleA P system modeling an ecosystem related to the bearded vulture
Publication TypeConference Contributions
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCardona, M., Colomer A. M., Pérez-Jiménez M. J., Sanuy D., & Margalida A.
Conference Name6th Brainstorming Week on Membrane Computing
Volume TitleProceedings of the Sixth Brainstorming Week on Membrane Computing
ISBN Number978-84-612-44
PublisherFénix Editora
Place PublishedSevilla, Spain

The Bearded Vulture is one of the rarest raptors in Europe and it is an
endangered species. In this paper, we present a model of an ecosystem related with the
Bearded Vulture which is located in the Catalan Pyrenees, by using P systems. The
population dynamics constituted by the Bearded Vulture (that feeds almost exclusively
on bones) and other five subfamilies that provide the bones they feed on, is studied.
P systems provide a high level computational modeling framework which integrates
the structural and dynamical aspects of ecosystems in a comprehensive and relevant way.
P systems explicitly represent the discrete character of the components of an ecosystem by
using rewriting rules on multisets of objects which represent individuals of the population
and bones. The inherent stochasticity and uncertainty in ecosystems is captured by using
probabilistic strategies.
In order to give an experimental validation of the P system designed, we have constructed
a simulator that allows us to analyze the evolution of the ecosystem with different
initial conditions.