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J Theor Biol. 2003 Oct 7;224(3):377-83.

Bacterial debris-an ecological mechanism for coexistence of bacteria and their viruses.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, 84105 Be'er Sheva, Israel.


A model of bacteria and phage survival is developed based on the idea of shielding by bacterial debris in the system. This model is mathematically formulated by a set of four nonlinear difference equations for susceptible bacteria, contaminated bacteria, bacterial debris and phages. Simulation results show the possibility of survival, and domains of existence of stable and unstable solutions

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