Biofilms: Characterization, Applications and Recent Advances


Judith Henderson (Editor)

Series: Bacteriology Research Developments
BISAC: SCI006000

Microbial biofilms are populations of microorganisms that are found on solid-liquid interface and are typically surrounded by a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). The aggregates of cells not firmly attached to a surface are sometimes termed ‘flocs’ and have the same characteristics as biofilms. Bacteria in the biofilms produce an extracellular matrix and this contributes to ~90% of the biofilm biomass. They are found in all environments such as marine, freshwater, industrial surfaces, domestic appliances exposed to tap water and wastewater, dental surfaces, medical implants etc. This book discusses the characterization, applications and recent advances in the study of biofilms. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Electromagnetic Radiations and their Impacts on Bacterial and Natural Biofilms: A Review
Kanavillil Nandakumar and Sreekumari Kurissery (Lakehead University, Orillia, ON, Canada)

Chapter 2. Natural Freshwater Biofilms: Structure and Function with Attention to the Biogeochemical Carbon Cycle
O. Roger Anderson (Biology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA)

Chapter 3. Plant Factors Inhibitory to Bacterial Biofilm Formation
Diana R. Cundell and Frank Wilkinson (Pre-Medical Studies Program Director and Professor of Biology, College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Division of Health Professions, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. The Probiotic Biofilm: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium Survival Tactics
Josh Stanbro, Matthew Bond, Jasmine Moore, Michael G. Stockelman and Chase Watters (Wound Infections Department, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)

Chapter 5. Biofilm Formation by a Cyanobacterium Strain Belonging to a Distinct Leptolyngbya phylotype: Surface Effect
M. J. Romeu, P. Alves, J. Morais, V. Ramos, V. Vasconcelos, and F. J. Mergulhão (LEPABE – Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 6. Mechanical and Optical Properties of Soy Protein and Polylactic Acid Based Biofilms
Rakesh Kumar and Binay Bhushan (Centre for Biological Sciences (Biotechnology), Central University of South Bihar, India, and others)

Chapter 7. Influence of Surface Conditioning with Culture Medium Components on Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation
J. M. R. Moreira, J. D. P. Araújo, M. Simões, L. F. Melo, and F. J. Mergulhão (LEPABE – Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 8. Sterilization of Candida albicans Biofilms Grown on Polymers by Atmospheric Plasma: From Plasma Devices to Biofilm Analysis
A.C.O.C. Doria, F.R. Figueira, J.S.B. Lima, H.S. Maciel, S. Khouri, R.S. Pessoa (Universidade do Vale do Paraíba, Av. Shishima Hifumi, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 9. Biofilms in Veterinary Medicine
Catarina Tibério, Raquel Santos, Eva Cunha, Luis Tavares and Manuela Oliveira (CIISA/Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal)



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