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J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 2007 Sep;34(9):577-88. Epub 2007 Jul 6.

Bacterial cell attachment, the beginning of a biofilm.

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Institute of Food Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.


The ability of bacteria to attach to surfaces and develop into a biofilm has been of considerable interest to many groups in numerous industries, including the medical and food industry. However, little is understood in the critical initial step seen in all biofilm development, the initial bacterial cell attachment to a surface. This initial attachment is critical for the formation of a bacterial biofilm, as all other cells within a biofilm structure rely on the interaction between surface and bacterial cell for their survival. This review examines what are believed to be some of the most important aspects involved in bacterial attachment to a surface.

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