Reaching Agreement in Competitive Microbial Systems

Victoria Andaur, Janna Burman, Matthias Függer, Manish Kushwaha, Bilal Manssouri, Thomas Nowak, Joel Rybicki

In this work, we consider distributed agreement tasks in microbial distributed systems under stochastic population dynamics and competitive interactions. We examine how competitive exclusion can be used to solve distributed agreement tasks in the microbial setting. To this end, we develop a new technique for analyzing the time to reach competitive exclusion in systems with two competing species under biologically realistic population dynamics. We use this technique to analyze a protocol that exploits competitive interactions to solve approximate majority consensus efficiently in microbial systems. To corroborate our analytical results, we use computer simulations to show that these consensus dynamics occur within practical time scales.

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