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Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Feb 21;46(4):1995-2005. doi: 10.1021/es203933h. Epub 2012 Feb 7.

Monitoring bacterial twitter: does quorum sensing determine the behavior of water and wastewater treatment biofilms?

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Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States.


Bacteria have their own form of "twitter" communication, described as quorum sensing (QS), where bacteria emit and sense chemical signal molecules as a means to gauge population density and control gene expression. Many QS-controlled genes relate to biofilm formation and function and may be important for some water and wastewater treatment biofilms. There is a need to better understand bacterial QS, the bacteria biofilm aspects influenced by QS in engineered reactors, and to assess how designs and operations might be improved by taking this signaling into account. This paper provides a critical review of QS and how it relates to biofilms in engineered water and wastewater treatment systems and identifies needs for future research.

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