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Theory Club

Wednesday 25 Apr 12 - 11:30am

Simple models of microbial dynamics and evolution (part 2)

Bartek Waclaw

I will continue my series of talks on microbial evolution. I will finish off the case of a single species in a chemostat and move on to the case of two bacterial species competing for food. I will begin with a simple, Lotka-Volterra type of competition and then I will discuss a more realistic case of two species in the chemostat. I will show how this can be used to experimentally determine fitness advantage - a driving force of biological evolution - of one bacterial species over another one with very high precision. Finally (if time permits) I will consider multiple species.

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