Microbial competition for nutrient in a 3D flow reactor

Donald Jones, Hristo V. Kojouharov, Dung Le, Hal Smith

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We study the dynamics of a mathematical model of one or more bacterial strains competing for a growth limiting substrate in a cylindrical flow reactor. In previous work, the authors have investigated the case where bacteria can also colonize the lateral boundary surface of the cylinder forming a biofilm. In order to better understand the effects of wall colonization, it is important to have a reference model with which one can compare the dynamics. Our purpose here is to provide such a reference model where wall growth is not allowed and to study its dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalDynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems Series B: Applications and Algorithms
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Coexistence
  • Competition
  • Flow reactor
  • Parabolic system
  • Steady state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


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