A new equation for the growth rate of photosynthetic microorganisms is derived. It is based on a series formulation of the mechanism of photosynthesis and it has the form of a functional of the spectral qualities of light. Using this functional to model their growth it is shown that populations of photosynthetic microorganisms can coexist in the same homogeneous environment even though they compete for the available light.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Environmental Science(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Computational Theory and Mathematics