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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1994 Jun;5(3):302-6.

Bacterial biofilms and biofouling.

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Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore 21202.

Abstract

Advances in the development and application of investigative tools, such as scanning confocal laser microscopy and genetic techniques, are leading to new insights concerning the composition, structure, and function of bacterial biofilms. Molecular biology has also demonstrated that bacteria are able to 'sense' surface environments, altering their pattern of gene expression. Recent studies on mechanisms of bacterial attachment provide further evidence for the diversity of attachment mechanisms, as do investigations of attachment interactions between bacteria and invertebrates.

PMID:
7765347
DOI:
10.1016/0958-1669(94)90033-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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