Simple mathematical models of bacteria growth?

Charles N. Haas HaasCN at
Tue Apr 11 07:00:24 EST 1995

In article <3mbph2$r8v at>, sjacobs at (scott
jacobs) wrote:

>         I am interested in finding any information that may be available 
> (on-line or off) relating to the modeling of bacteria growth based on
> certain variables like nutrient concentrations, species, temperature,
> atmosphere, incubation time, etc.  Even a few obscure keywords to use for
> literature searches would be appreciated.  I am attempting to write a 
> computer program that models the growth of bacteria based on the above 
> criteria.
> Thanks for your time...
> scott
> -- 
> sjacobs at

Try some of the following references for starting points.  The term
"predictive microbiology" is being used in the food microbiology
literature to describe some of this stuff.

1.Buchanan, R. L. 1992. Predictive Microbiology: Mathematical Modeling of
Growth in Foods. In J. W. Finley, S. F. Robinson, and D. J. Armstrong
(ed.), Food Safety Assessment, vol. 484. American Chemical Society,
Washington DC.
2.Nielsen, J., and J. Villadsen. 1992. Modelling of Microbial Kinetics.
Chemical Engineering Science. 47:4225-4270.
3.Pavlou, S., and A. G. Fredrickson. 1989. Growth of Microbial Populations
in Nonminimal Media: Some Considerations for Modeling. Biotechnology and
Bioengineering. 34:971-989.
4.Zwietering, M. H., J. T. de Koos, B. E. Hasenack, J. C. de Wit, and K.
van't Riet. 1991. Modeling of Bacterial Growth as a Function of
Temperature. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 57(4):1094-1101.
5.Zwietering, M. H., I. Jongenburger, F. M. Rombouts, and K. Van't Riet.
1990. Modeling of the Bacterial Growth Curve. Applied and Environmental
Microbiology. 56(6):1875-1881.

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