Endogenous metabolism and the stability of microbial prey–predator systems

R.M. Nisbet, A. Cunningham, William Gurney

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We formulate a variant of the “double Monod model” which takes explicit account of endogenous metabolism. Using parameter values appropriate to carbohydrate-limited substrate, bacterial prey, and protozoan predator, we study the stability of steady states under chemostat conditions. We conclude that the predator's endogenous metabolism may have a stabilizing effect at low dilution rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1983


  • dilution rates
  • double Monod model
  • prey–predator systems


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