Two implications of common models of microbial growth

Simon Brown


Analysis of a generalised growth equation shows that both the maximum growth rate of a microbial culture and the duration of the lag phase are related to each other and to the maximum growth. Similar relationships apply to growth expressions, such as the logistic and Gompertz models, that are special cases of the generalised model. Moreover, the same relationships are observed qualitatively in measurements of the growth of Salmonella species. These results may allow the characterisation of microbial growth with fewer parameters than is usually the case and imply the likelihood of a fundamental physiological interdependence between maximum growth rate, the duration of the lag time and the maximum growth.


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ANZIAM Journal, ISSN 1446-8735, copyright Australian Mathematical Society.