The gradostat: A model of competition along a nutrient gradient

Hal Smith, Paul Waltman

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The general mathematical theory of the gradostat is presented for two competitors. The gradostat provides a mechanism for studying competition along a nutrient gradient. In the two vessel case, the results are complete and the conditions are testable. In the n-vessel case, the relevant conditions are stated in terms of the stability modulii of certain matrices and are testable for any specific case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-226
Number of pages20
JournalMicrobial Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Soil Science


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