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Chemostat Versus the Lake

  • Vadrevu Sree Hari Rao
  • Ponnada Raja Sekhara Rao
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Abstract

For a biologist, chemostat is a replica of a simple lake. Thus, chemostat models are widely used to represent the growth of species in a lake where the organisms such as algae feed on growth-limiting nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. The analogy between a simple lake and a chemostat becomes clear from the Table 2.1. Availability of a nutrient in a natural system such as a lake depends on the nutrient input and inflows. The algal communities in a lake are observed to survive even at low (undetectably small) levels of nutrient contrary to the opinion that they perish due to insufficiencies. But there is a growth, of course, oscillatory and low. To represent this phenomenon of oscillatory growth in the model equations of a chemostat, researchers have tried various means.

Keywords

Time Delay Hopf Bifurcation Equilibrium Solution Positive Equilibrium Material Recycling 
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© Springer-Verlag New York 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vadrevu Sree Hari Rao
    • 1
  • Ponnada Raja Sekhara Rao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsJawaharlal Nehru Technological UniversityHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Technical Education, A.P., HyderabadGovernment Polytechnic for Women GujjanagundlaGunturIndia

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