Detection of mixed-culture growth in the total biomass data by wavelet transforms

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H.C. Rosu
J.S. Murguía
V. Ibarra-Junquera


We have shown elsewhere that the presence of mixed-culture growth of microbial species in fermentation processes can be detected with high accuracy by employing the wavelet transform. This is achieved because the crosses in the different growth processes contributing to the total biomass signal appear as singularities that are very well evidenced through their singularity cones in the wavelet transform; however, we used very simple two-species cases.In this work, we extend the wavelet method to a more complicated illustrative fermentation case of three microbial species for which we employ several wavelets of different number of vanishing moments in order to eliminate possible numerical artifacts. Working in this way allows filtering in a more precise way the numerical values of the Hölder exponents; therefore, we were able to determine the characteristic Hölder exponents for the corresponding crossing singularities of the microbial growth processes and their stability logarithmic scale ranges up to the first decimal in the value of the characteristic exponents. Since calibrating the mixed microbial growth by means of their Hölder exponents could have potential industrial applications, the dependence of the Hölder exponents on the kinetic and physical parameters of the growth models remains as a future experimental task.



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Rosu, H., Murguía, J., & Ibarra-Junquera, V. (2010). Detection of mixed-culture growth in the total biomass data by wavelet transforms. Journal of Applied Research and Technology, 8(02).

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