Application of an interspecific competition model to predict the growth of Aeromonas hydrophyla on fish surfaces during refrigerated storage (Anwendung eines Konkurrenzmodells zwischen zwei Spezies zur Vorhersage des Wachstums von Aeromonas hydrophila auf Fischoberflächen während der Kühlphase)

Davide Valenti, Graziella Ziino, Alessandro Giuffrida, Antonio Panebianco, Giorgio Donato

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The growth of Aeromonas hydrophila and the aerobic mesophilic plate count (APC) on gilthead seabream surfaces was evaluated during refrigerated storage (21 days). The related growth curves were compared with those obtained by a conventional third order predictive model obtaining a low agreement between observed and predicted data (Root Mean Squared Error = 1.77 for Aeromonas hydrophila and 0.64 for APC).The Lotka-Volterra interspecific competition model was used in order to calculate the degree of interaction between the two bacterial populations (beta_{Ah/APC} and beta_{APC/Ah}, respectively, the interspecific competition coefficients of APC on Aeromonas hydrophila and vice-versa). Afterwards, the Lotka-Volterra equations were applied as tertiary predictive model, taking into account, simultaneously, the environmental fluctuations and the bacterial interspecific competition. This approach allowed to obtain a best fitting to the observed mean growth curves with a Root Mean Squared Error of 0.09 for Aeromonas hydrophila and 0.28 for APC. Finally, some considerations about the necessary use of competitive models in the context of the new trends in predictive microbiology were taken.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)136-141
Numero di pagine6
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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