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Microbial Biofilms

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511884696

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  • The formation of microcolonies on surfaces is an important bacterial survival strategy. These biofilms occur on both inert and living systems, making them important to a wide range of scientific disciplines. This book first provides an analysis of the chemical, ecological and physical processes involved with the development of biofilms and their interactions with surfaces. The next section deals with biofilms on non-living surfaces. Biofilms have important engineering implications, such as in mining industries, the corrosion of pipelines and pure and waste water industries. Biofilms have medical significance when associated with the mouth, urinary tract and urinogenital tract. In addition, they form in plant root systems and in animals, such as the ruminant digestive tract, and so are agriculturally important. The final section examines these interactions with living surfaces.

    • Written by recognised international experts
    • Covers biochemical, ecological, industrial, and medical aspects
    • First major book on biofilms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Each chapter is well-referenced and the book is attractively bound and presented. I can recommend it as a worthwhile addition to any research group interested in pursuing the biofilm concept.' P. A. Lambert, The Journal of Medical Microbiology

    ' … provides a valuable update on earlier biofilm texts.' Society for General Microbiology

    'The book will be a valuable aid in the many areas of pure and applied science and in industry where biofilms are of importance.' J. Makk, Acta Botanica Hungarica

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511884696
    • contains: 137 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Structure, Physiology and Ecology of Biofilms:
    1. The formation of microcolonies and functional consortia within biofilms
    2. Dynamics of bacterial biofilm formation
    3. Cultivation and study of biofilm communities
    4. Genetic responses to bacteria at surfaces
    5. Biochemical reactions and the establishment of gradients within biofilms
    6. Mechanisms of the protection of bacterial biofilms from antimicrobial agents
    Part II. Biofilms and Inert Surfaces:
    7. Biofilm development in purified water systems
    8. Mineralized bacterial biofilms in sulphide tailings and in acid mine drainage systems
    9. Biofilms and microbially influenced corrosion
    10. Microbial consortia in industrial waste water treatment
    11. Heterogeneous mosaic biofilm - a haven for water borne pathogens
    Part III. Biofilms on the Surfaces of Living Cells:
    12. The rhizosphere as a biofilm
    13. Biofilms of the ruminant digestive tract
    14. The immune response to bacterial biofilms
    15. Bacterial biofilms in the biliary system
    16. Biofilm-associated urinary tract infections
    17. The role of the urogenital flora in probiotics
    18. Dental plaque.

  • Editors

    Hilary M. Lappin-Scott, University of Exeter

    J. William Costerton, Montana State University

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