The patterns of microbial mineralization of 0.3 to 30 ng of glucose, benzoate, and phenol per ml of sewage collected in late fall and winter were analyzed with the integrated Monod equation and a model in which growth of active organisms occurs at the expense of organic compounds other than the test substrate. Either model could be closely fit by nonlinear regression to the data from individual tests with one concentration of substrate added to one dilution of sewage. However, neither model accounted satisfactorily for differences in patterns of mineralization resulting from differences in substrate concentration and cell density between different tests. It is suggested that both the added substrates and other organics present in sewage contributed to the growth of the active organisms. The mineralization of glucose in sewage collected in summer was better described by a two-compartment model than by any other model tested
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