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a mathematical model to explain the paradox of plankton

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a mathematical model to explain the paradox of plankton

credit: cc0 public domaina pair of researchers, one with the simons centre for the study of living machines in india, the other with the university of illinois in the u.s., has built a model to explain a paradox of plankton. in their paper published in the journal physical review letters, akshit goyal and sergei maslov describe their model and how well they believe it portrays actual bacterial communities. as the researchers note, for many years, biologists have wondered how it is that communities of bacteria can be so diverse and yet so stable. in most such communities, many of the populations should grow exponentially, which would throw a bacterial community off-balance—but this does not happen. instead, the community remains stable. ...