Contents

13.1 Introduction 271

13.2 Primer on Particle Distribution and Dynamics 273

13.2.1 Particle Properties 273

13.2.2 Particle Collision Rates 273

13.3 Examples of Simple Models Relevant to Planktonic Systems 276

13.3.1 Rectilinear, Monodisperse, and Volume Conserving 276

13.3.1.1 Phytoplankton and the Critical Concentration 276

13.3.1.2 Coagulation in a Stirred Container 278

13.3.1.3 Steady-State Size Spectra 279

13.3.2 Rectilinear and Heterodisperse 280

13.3.2.1 Critical Concentration 280

13.3.2.2 Estimating Stickiness 281

13.3.3 Curvilinear 282

13.3.3.1 Simple Algal Growth 282

13.3.3.2 Plankton Food Web Model 284

13.4 Discussion 287

13.5 Conclusions 288

Acknowledgments 288

References 288

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