# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

September  2009, 12(2): 371-388. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2009.12.371

## A degenerate diffusion-reaction model of an amensalistic biofilm control system: Existence and simulation of solutions

 1 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph, Guelph, On, N1G 2W1, Canada, Canada 2 Institute of Biomathematics and Biometry, HelmholtzZentrum München, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany

Received  September 2008 Revised  December 2008 Published  July 2009

We study a mathematical model that describes how a "good" bacterial biofilm controls the growth of a harmful pathogenic bacterial biofilm. The underlying mechanism is a modification of the local protonated acid concentration, which in turn decreases the local pH and, thus, makes growth conditions for the pathogens less favorable, while the control-agent itself is more tolerant to these changes. This system is described by a system of 5 density-dependent diffusion-reaction equations that show two nonlinear diffusion effects: porous medium degeneracy and fast diffusion. This is a multi-species expansion of a previously studied single species biofilm model. In this paper we prove the existence of solutions to this model and show in numerical simulations the effectiveness of the control mechanism.
Citation: Hassan Khassehkhan, Messoud A. Efendiev, Hermann J. Eberl. A degenerate diffusion-reaction model of an amensalistic biofilm control system: Existence and simulation of solutions. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B, 2009, 12 (2) : 371-388. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2009.12.371
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