Hygienically Relevant Biofilms

Rok Fink, PhD
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book describes biofilms in the context of hygiene in food safety and hospital facilities, starting with bacterial adhesion as an initial step of cell colonization, followed by the growth and maturation of biofilms. The main focus of this book is on biofilm prevention and control. The resistance of bacteria to several antibiotics is a global public health problem, not limited to hospital facilities, but also to other sectors, including the food industry.

This raises questions about whether effective cleaning and disinfection reduce the risk of food-borne and hospital-acquired illness. Can the surface characteristics be treated to prevent bacterial adhesion and, consequently, the formation of biofilms? Biofilms are complex communities of bacteria attached the surfaces, with fully developed architecture and highly organized interactions. A better understanding of the biofilm lifecycle, with advanced strategies of physical, chemical and biological actions, would reduce the risk of infection. The question is not whether the preventive and control measures will play a significant role in public health, but rather what the implications of their use will be for hygiene in the food industry and hospital facilities.

(Imprint: Nova)



Chapter 1 - Introduction to Hygienically Relevant Biofilms (pp. 1-12)

Chapter 2 - Mechanisms of Bacterial Adhesion to Surfaces (pp. 13-28)

Chapter 3 - Biofilm Lifecycle (pp. 29-42)

Chapter 4 - Environmental Conditions of Biofilm Growth (pp. 43-50)

Chapter 5- Methods for Evaluating Biofilms (pp. 51-58)

Chapter 6 - Biofilms in the Food Industry (pp. 59-68)

Chapter 7 - Biofilms in Hospital Facilities (pp. 69-78)

Chapter 8 - Prevention of the Growth of Biofilms (pp. 79-90)

Chapter 9 - Control of Biofilm Growth (pp. 91-110)

Chapter 10 - Future Trends and Challenges (pp. 111-114)

Chapter 11 - Conclusion (pp. 115-118)



Audience: Food safety, Material science, Hygiene, Water technology, Microbiology.

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