Microbial Growth in Planktonic Conditions
Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Chemistry, University of Milan via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alberto Schiraldi
Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Chemistry
University of Milan via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 10, 2017; Accepted date: June 05, 2017; Published date: June 12, 2017
Citation: Schiraldi A (2017) Microbial Growth in Planktonic Conditions. Cell Dev Biol 6:185. doi:10.4172/2168-9296.1000185
Copyright: © 2017 Schiraldi A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
A two-parameter model describes the microbial growth trend of planktonic cultures. Based on the assumption that cell duplication underlies the growth, the model defines an average generation time that depends on time and complies with the phenomenological evidence that the growth rate is naught at the start and at the end of the process. This is tantamount as to replace the real growth process with a virtual one, where all the generation lines stemming from the inoculum are synchronous and imply a duplication tree with no truncated branches. A simple function that complies with these constraints is τ=(a/t+bt), where a and b are parameters defined through a best fit treatment of the experimental plate count data. Surprisingly simple relationships come out for specific items of the growth trend, like maximum specific growth rate, eventual cell number, Nmax, duration of lag phase, etc., as well as some intriguing correlations between them. Published plate count data allowed testing the reliability of the model. The agreement is satisfactory being in line with the accuracy of the data (R2 ≥ 0.98).