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Dynamics of Biological Systems, Chapter 3: Microbial Systems

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Chapter 3, Pages 3.1-3.65 (doi:10.13031/2013.34918) in Chapter 3, pp. 3.1-3.65 . Copyright 2003 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   John S. Cundiff and Kyle R. Mankin
Keywords:   Headings. 3.1 Introduction, 3.2 Microbial Growth, 3.2.1 Fundamentals of Microbial Growth, 3.2.2 Measuring Microbial Growth, 3.2.3 Requirements for Microbial Growth, 3.2.4 Analysis of Microbial Growth and Product Formation, 3.3 Microbial Metabolism, 3.3.1 Redox reactions, 3.3.2 Electron Tower, 3.3.3 Relating Redox Potential to Free Energy, 3.4 Microbial Enzyme Production, 3.4.1 Role of Enzymes, 3.4.2 Function of Enzymes

First paragraphs. Microorganisms play an important role in many biological systems. Wetlands, compost piles, fermentation vessels, wastewater treatment reactors, anaerobic digesters, bioprocess operations, bioremediation of contaminated soils, and many other biological systems all require the effective use of microorganisms. Biological systems engineers must understand the function of microorganisms in diverse settings and be able to apply the tools of engineering to the analysis and design of systems containing microorganisms.

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