Applying dimorphic yeasts as model organisms to study mycelial growth: part 2. Use of mathematical simulations to identify different construction principles in yeast colonies

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The dimorphic yeasts Candida boidinii and Yarrowia lipolytica were applied as model organisms to study mycelial growth. A mathematical model of hybrid cellular automaton type was developed to analyze the impact of different biological assumptions on the predicted development of filamentous yeast colonies. The one-dimensional model described discrete cells and continuous distribution of nutrients. The simulation algorithm accounted for proliferation of cells, diffusion of nutrient, as well as biomass decay and recycling inside the mycelium. Simulations reproduced the spatio-temporal development of C. boidinii colonies when a diffusion-limited growth algorithm based on the growth of pseudohyphal cells was applied. Development of Y. lipolytica colonies could only be reproduced when proliferation was restricted to the colony boundary, and cell decay and biomass recycling were incorporated into the model. The results suggested that cytoplasm, which served as the secondary nutrient resource, had to be translocated inside the hyphal network.


Seiten (von - bis)21-31
FachzeitschriftBioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Jan. 2011

Externe IDs

WOS 000285786300003
Scopus 79251620911



  • Organisms, growth