Mathematical modeling of microbial growth in milk

Modelagem matemática do crescimento de populações de microrganismos no leite

Jhony Tiago Teleken Weber da Silva Robazza Gilmar de Almeida Gomes About the authors

A mathematical model to predict microbial growth in milk was developed and analyzed. The model consists of a system of two differential equations of first order. The equations are based on physical hypotheses of population growth. The model was applied to five different sets of data of microbial growth in dairy products selected from Combase, which is the most important database in the area with thousands of datasets from around the world, and the results showed a good fit. In addition, the model provides equations for the evaluation of the maximum specific growth rate and the duration of the lag phase which may provide useful information about microbial growth.

predictive microbiology; dairy products; food safety

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