Dynamics and Applications of Cell Quota Based Plant-Pathogen Interaction Models

Project: Research project

Description

Limiting resource ratio theory (also called ecological stoichiometry (ES)) and evolution have been found to be crucial lens through which one can view and understand the dynamics of populations and communities of microorganisms. ES covers multiple biological scales, and it allows the construction of robust, mechanistic, and predictive mathematical models based on cell nutrient quotas. Within this theory, the utilization of energy and multiple chemical elements (especially carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) between organisms and their environment occupies a central position. However, ES framework has yet to be effectively integrated into the modeling of host-pathogen interactions. Our goal is to identify the relationship of some key biological mechanisms to the rich dynamics often observed in simulating population models incorporating nutrient quality and quantity.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/1/168/31/19

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $193,873.00

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stoichiometry
pathogen
host-pathogen interaction
nutrient
chemical element
microorganism
phosphorus
nitrogen
carbon
resource
modeling
energy