Bacterial debris - An ecological mechanism for coexistence of bacteria and their viruses

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Abstract

A model of bacteria and phage survival is developed based on the idea of shielding by bacterial debris in the system. This model is mathematically formulated by a set of four nonlinear difference equations for susceptible bacteria, contaminated bacteria, bacterial debris and phages. Simulation results show the possibility of survival, and domains of existence of stable and unstable solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume224
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Bacterial debris
  • Survival in bacteriophage environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics

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