Physiology of microbes in biofilms.

TitlePhysiology of microbes in biofilms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSpormann, AM
JournalCurrent topics in microbiology and immunology
Volume322
Pagination17-36
Date Published2008
ISSN0070-217X
KeywordsBiofilms, Pseudomonas, Shewanella, Vibrio cholerae
AbstractMicrobial biofilms are governed by an intricate interplay between physical-chemical factors and the physiological and genetic properties of the inhabiting microbes. Many of the physiological traits that are exhibited in a biofilm environment have been observed and studied previously in detail in planktonic cultures. However, their differential and combinatorial phenotypic expression in distinct subpopulations localized to different regions in a biofilm is the cause for the overall biofilm heterogeneity. In this chapter, the causes and consequences of this interplay are elaborated with a special focus on processes controlling biofilm stability and dispersal.
Alternate JournalCurr. Top. Microbiol. Immunol.
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