Physiology of microbes in biofilms.

TitlePhysiology of microbes in biofilms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSpormann, AM
JournalCurrent topics in microbiology and immunology
Date Published2008
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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