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Bioprocess Engineering: Basic Concepts, Third Edition by Matthew DeLisa, Fikret Kargi, Michael L. Shuler

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6. How Cells Grow

For microbes, growth is their most essential response to their physiochemical environment. Growth is a result of both replication and change in cell size. Microorganisms can grow under a variety of physical, chemical, and nutritional conditions. In a suitable nutrient medium, organisms extract nutrients from the medium and convert them into biological compounds. Part of these nutrients are used for energy production and part are used for biosynthesis and product formation. As a result of nutrient utilization, microbial mass increases with time and can be described simply by

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Microbial growth is a good example of an autocatalytic ...

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