Evaluation of several mathematical models for fitting the growth of sludge microbes on PEG 600

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Mohd Izuan Effendi Halmi Mohd Shukri Shukor Noor Azlina Masdor Nor Aripin Shamaan Mohd Yunus Shukor


Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are employed in numerous sectors. PEGs are nephrotoxic and their biodegradation by microbes could be a potential tool for bioremediation. Numerous bacterial growth studies neglect primary modelling even though modelling exercises can reveal important parameters. In this work we modelled the growth of the sludge microbes on PEG 600 based on available published work in the literature using several growth models such as modified logistic, modified Gompertz, modified Richards, modified Schnute, Baranyi-Roberts, Von Bertalanffy, Huang and the Buchanan  three-phase linear model. Statistical analysis results indicated that the modified Gompertz model was the best with highest adjusted R2, lowest RMSE and AICc values and Bias and Accuracy Factor values closest to unity. The results from this work can be used in the further optimization works of this process in the future.

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HALMI, Mohd Izuan Effendi et al. Evaluation of several mathematical models for fitting the growth of sludge microbes on PEG 600. Journal of Environmental Microbiology and Toxicology, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 1-5, july 2015. ISSN 2289-5906. Available at: <http://journal.hibiscuspublisher.com/index.php/JEMAT/article/view/237>. Date accessed: 19 feb. 2018.
growth curve; mathematical model; sludge microbes; modified Gompertz; statistical analysis


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