Rational Multivariate Algal Growth Kinetics

by E. Joe Middlebrooks, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Utah Water Res. Lab., Utah State Univ., Logan, UT,
Donald B. Porcella, Asst. Prof. of Envir. Biology; Utah Water Res. Lab., Utah State Univ., Logan, UT,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 135-140

Document Type: Journal Paper


In general, bioassay results showing that the relationship between growth rates and nutrient concentrations that are applicable to mathematical models of the eutrophication process are limited. Among various laboratories, two environmental parameters that most frequently differ in algal assay results are light intensity and temperature. An attempt is made herein to modify the most commonly used expression to describe algal growth kinetics to correct for temperature and light intensity.

Subject Headings: Kinetics | Temperature effects | Biological processes | Nutrients | Mathematical models | Eutrophication | Environmental issues | Parameters (statistics)

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