Computational Studies of Bacterial Colony Model

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Microbiological experiments show that the colonies of the bacterium bacillus subtilis placed on a dish filled with an agar medium and nutrient form varied spatial patterns while the individual cells grow, reproduce and migrate on the dish in clumps. In this paper, we discuss a system of reaction-diffusion equations that can be used with a view to modelling this phenomenon and we solve it numerically by means of the method of lines. For the spatial discretization, we use the finite difference method and Galerkin finite element method. We present how the spatial patterns obtained depend on the spatial discretization employed and we measure the experimental order of convergence of the numerical schemes used. Further, we present the numerical results obtained by solving the model in a cubic domain.

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O. Pártl, "Computational Studies of Bacterial Colony Model," American Journal of Computational Mathematics, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2013, pp. 147-157. doi: 10.4236/ajcm.2013.32023.

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