Modeling of Growth Kinetics
Figure 7.4 Typical profile of biomass and substrate concentrations during a batch culture.
A. The time profile of the biomass concentration (♦) and the concentration of the limiting substrate (* ).
B. A cross plot of the specific growth rate (given by 1
dx/dt) versus the substrate concentration.
Corresponding values of M
are taken from Fig. 7.4A. The value of A, is indicated.
The satisfactory fit of the Monod model to many experimental data should as mentioned in Chapter 6 never
be misconstrued to mean that Eq. (7.16) is a mechanism of fermentation processes. The Langmuir rate
expression of heterogeneous catalysis and the Michaelis-Menten rate expression in enzymatic catalysis are
formally identical to Eq. (7.16), but in both cases the denominator constant has a direct physical
interpretation (the equilibrium constant for dissociation of a catalytic site-reactant complex), whereas A, in
Eq. (7.16) is no more than an empirical parameter used to fit the average substrate influence on all cellular
reactions, pooled into the single reaction in which
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