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Notes on “Theoretical models for the control of baterial growth rate, abundance, diversity and carbon demand” by Thingstad and Lignell (1997)

“One could, with some justification, argue that a major feature of such ecological systems perhaps is complexity itself, acd that trying to understand them from drastically simplified models automatically means disregarding some of their essential features. We feel, however, that the opposite argument is potentially a more fruitful one: with a poor ability to intuitively grasp the behaviour of complex dynamic systems, the human mind may need the aid of simplified models to try to extract essential features from a complex and sometimes bewildering reality. The objective of the present study is thus to try to understand the consequences of making simplified assumptions concerning the control of bacterial activity, abundance and diversity”

Their model is also a model of steady state.