Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
This work is concerned with statistical methods to estimate yield and maintenance parameters associated with microbial growth. For a given dilution rate, an experimenter typically measures substrate concentration, oxygen utilization rate, the rate of carbon dioxide evolution, and biomass concentration. These correlated response variables each contain information about the maintenance and yield parameters of interest. A maximum likelihood estimator which combines this correlated information for the yield and maintenance parameters is proposed, evaluated, and tested on literature data. Both point and interval estimators are considered.
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