Modeling in Microbial Ecology

  • Jean-Christophe PoggialeEmail author
  • Philippe Dantigny
  • Rutger De Wit
  • Christian Steinberg


The bases and the principles of modeling in microbial community ecology and biogeochemistry are presented and discussed. Several examples are given. Among them, the fermentation process is largely developed, thus demonstrating how the model allows determining the microbial population growth rate, the death rate, and the maintenance rate. More generally, these models have been used to increase the development of bioenergetic formulations which are presently used in biogeochemical models (Monod, Droop, DEB models). Different types of interactions (competition, predation, and virus–bacteria) are also developed. For each topic, a complete view of the models used in the literature cannot be presented. Consequently, the focus has been done on the demonstration how to build a model instead of providing a long list of existing models. Some recent results in sediment biogeochemistry are provided to illustrate the application of such models.


Biofilm models Biotic interactions Chemostat Fermenter models Metabolic models Population dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Christophe Poggiale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Philippe Dantigny
    • 2
  • Rutger De Wit
    • 3
  • Christian Steinberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut Méditerranéen d’Océanologie (MIO)UM 110, CNRS 7294 IRD 235, Université de Toulon, Aix-Marseille Université, Campus de LuminyMarseille Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Laboratoire des procédés alimentaires et microbiologiquesUMR PAM, AgroSup Dijon et Université de BourgogneDijonFrance
  3. 3.Écologie des systèmes marins côtiers (ECOSYM, UMR5119)Universités Montpellier 2 et 1, CNRS-Ifremer-IRDMontpellier Cedex 05France
  4. 4.Pôle des Interactions Plante-MicroorganismesINRA UMR 1347 Agroécologie, AgroSup-INRA-Université de BourgogneDijon CedexFrance

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