Chapter 19: Quantitative Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of a Synthetic Predator–Prey Ecosystem
A major focus in synthetic biology is the rational design and implementation of gene circuits to control dynamics of individual cells and, increasingly, cellular populations. Population-level control is highlighted in recent studies which attempt to design and implement synthetic ecosystems (or engineered microbial consortia). On the one hand, these engineered systems may serve as a critical technological foundation for practical applications. On the other hand, they may serve as well-defined model systems to examine biological questions of broad relevance. Here, using a synthetic predator-prey ecosystem as an example, we illustrate the basic experimental techniques involved in system implementation and characterization. By extension, these techniques are applicable to the analysis of other microbial-based synthetic or natural ecosystems.
Synthetic ecosystem, Quorum sensing, Predator-Prey ecosystem, Microbial consortia, Biodiversity, Synthetic biology, Bidirectional Communication, Gene Circuit
Payne, Stephen; Robert P. Smith; and Lingchong You. 2012. "Chapter 19: Quantitative Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of a Synthetic Predator–Prey Ecosystem." Chapter 19: Quantitative Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of a Synthetic Predator–Prey Ecosystem : Humana Press, 2012. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_bio_facbooks/1