Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 361–386 | Cite as

A Dynamic Energy Budget model based on partitioning of net production

  • Konstadia Lika
  • Roger M. Nisbet


We formulate a Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model for the growth and reproduction of individual organisms based on partitioning of net production (i.e. energy acquisition rate minus maintenance rate) between growth and energy reserves. Reproduction uses energy from reserves. The model describes both feeding and non-feeding stages, and hence is applicable to embryos (which neither feed nor reproduce), juveniles (which feed but do not reproduce), and adults (which commonly both feed and reproduce). Embryonic growth can have two forms depending on the assumptions for acquisition of energy from yolk. By default, when the energy acquisition rate exceeds the maintenance rate, a fixed proportion of the resulting net production is spent on growth (increase in structural biomass), and the remaining portion is channelled to the reserves. Feeding organisms, however, modulate their allocation of net production energy in response to their total energy content (energy in the reserves plus energy bounded to structural biomass). In variable food environment an organism alternates between periods of growth, no-growth, and balanced-growth. In the latter case the organism adopts an allocation strategy that keeps its total energy constant. Under constant environmental conditions, the growth of a juvenile is always of von Bertalanffy type. Depending on the values of model parameters there are two long-time possibilities for adults: (a) von Bertalanffy growth accompanied by reproduction at a rate that approaches zero as the organism approaches asymptotic size, or (b) abrupt cessation of growth at some finite time, following which, the rate of reproduction is constant. We illustrate the model's applicability in life history theory by studying the optimum values of the energy allocation parameters for constant environment and for each of the dynamic regimes described above.


Life History Theory Maintenance Rate Abrupt Cessation Constant Environmental Condition Dynamic Energy Budget 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstadia Lika
    • 1
  • Roger M. Nisbet
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, University of Crete, GR-71409, Iraklion, Crete, Greece. e-mail: lika@biology.uch.grGR
  2. 2.Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9610, USA. e-mail: nisbet@lifesci.lscf.ucsb.eduUS

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