Biofilms: Advances in Research and Applications


Shane Rowland (Editor)

Series: Bacteriology Research Developments
BISAC: SCI006000; SCI045000

Biofilms are naturally occurring clusters of microorganisms that stick to non-biological surfaces, like rocks in a stream. This book contains eight chapters that examine biofilms from a variety of perspectives, including the latest research in this field. Chapter One comprehensively studies the role of endophytic microbes as a potential and alternative source of antimicrobial and antibiofilm bioactive components. Chapter Two discusses how to manage oral microbial biofilm using chemical and herbal medicine. Chapter Three highlights the importance of marine biofouling and the role of coccoid cyanobacteria in this process. Chapter Four focuses on biofilm development, its impact on human health and the problems that are associated with biofilm control. Chapter Five examines microbial biofilms and their role in the environment including agriculture and bioremediation. Chapter Six reviews natural terpenoids and provides descriptions of their structural origin, biological roles and multifunctional properties, such as promoting activity on health-beneficial bacteria. Chapter Seven explains the concepts of biofilm development and the importance of honey and its implications in human health and disease control. Chapter Eight thoroughly studies the potential of honey as antibiofilm, anti-quorum sensing and dispersal agent.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Endophytes: Potential Source of Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Agents
(Noor Muhammad, Iram Liaqat and Nadya Columbus – Microbiology Lab, Department of Zoology, GC University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)

Chapter 2. The Complexity of the Dynamic Oral Microbiome and Biofilms in Oral Cavity with their Management
(Jeffrey Jeffrey and Vinna Kurniawati Sugiaman – Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Jenderal Achmad Yani University, Jawa Barat, Indonesia, et al.)

Chapter 3. Development of Marine Biofilms by Coccoid Cyanobacteria
(R. Teixeira-Santos, L. C. Gomes and F. J. Mergulhão – LEPABE – Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

Chapter 4. Microbial Biofilm: Serious Threat to Human Health
(Aisha Waheed Qurashi, Beenish Sarfraz, Iram Liaqat, Mehwish Faheem and Sumaira Mazhar – Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan, et al.)

Chapter 5. Unravelling Strategies to Harness the Potential of Microbial Biofilms in Improving Agriculture and Environmental Settings
(Sumaira Mazhar, Beenish Sarfraz, Iram Liaqat and Aisha Waheed Qurashi – Department of Biology Lahore Garrison University, Pakistan, et al.)

Chapter 6. Natural Terpenoids as a Valuable Resource of Selective Health-Beneficial Biofilm Promoters
(Elena Cartagena, Mario Eduardo Arena, María Cecilia Verni and Alicia Bardón – Facultad de Bioquímica, Química y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina, et al.)

Chapter 7. Honey Potential as Antibacterial, Antibiofilm, Antiquorum Sensing and Biofilm Dispersal Agent against Pathogenic Bacteria
(Iram Liaqat, Babar Gulab and Nauman Aftab – Microbiology Lab, Department of Zoology, GC University, Lahore, Pakistan, et al.)

Chapter 8. Potential Efficacy of A. cerana and A. dorsata Honey in Controlling Monospecies Bacterial Biofilm
(Iram Liaqat, Sabiha Khanam, Aisha Waheed Qureshi and Sumaira Mazhar – Microbiology Lab, Department of Zoology, GC University, Lahore, et al.)


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