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Overview of mathematical approaches used to model bacterial chemotaxis II: bacterial populations

Tindall, M. J., Maini, P. K., Porter, S. L. and Armitage, J. P. (2008) Overview of mathematical approaches used to model bacterial chemotaxis II: bacterial populations. Bulletin of Mathmatical Biology, 70 (6). pp. 1570-607. ISSN 1522-9602

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s11538-008-9322-5

Abstract/Summary

We review the application of mathematical modeling to understanding the behavior of populations of chemotactic bacteria. The application of continuum mathematical models, in particular generalized Keller-Segel models, is discussed along with attempts to incorporate the microscale (individual) behavior on the macroscale, modeling the interaction between different species of bacteria, the interaction of bacteria with their environment, and methods used to obtain experimentally verified parameter values. We allude briefly to the role of modeling pattern formation in understanding collective behavior within bacterial populations. Various aspects of each model are discussed and areas for possible future research are postulated.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:9904
Uncontrolled Keywords:Algorithms, *Bacterial Physiological Phenomena, Biodiversity, Chemotaxis/*physiology, Ecosystem, Environment, Escherichia coli/growth & development/physiology, *Models, Biological

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