The role of intracellular components in food chain dynamics

Hanegraaf, P.P.F., Kooi, B.W. and Kooijman, S.A.L.M. 2000 The role of intracellular components in food chain dynamics. C. R. Acad. Sci. Ser. III 1233: 99 - 111


The dynamics of a simple food web, including multiple substrates and predator-prey interactions, is studied. An individual-based model is presented that describes the intracellular composition of the biomass of each population with two components: reserves and structural biomass. The model describes the simultaneous uptake of multiple substrates via specific carriers and their assimilation into reserve energy via multiple assimilation pathways. The available energy is used for maintenance and growth. Parameters are estimated by curve-fitting data from the literature under the condition that the elemental balances and the enthalpy balances are met. The proposed model provides an adequate description of the macromolecular composition of biomass. The model is not too complicated to be of use in the study of food webs. The consequences of the presence of intracellular components in a food web on its long-term dynamics are investigated with bifurcation analysis.

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