Caister Academic Press

Introduction to Biofilms

Authors: Staffan Kjelleberg, Kevin C. Marshall, and Michael Givskov
Abstract: The recent surge in studies of biofilms is driven not only by our desire to explore the basic mechanisms that mediate bacterial colonization on surfaces, but also the realization that bacterial evolution very effectively allows for resistance to develop and hence makes almost any control measure we develop ineffective. Hence, like a century ago we still face bacterial supremacy, a fact that urges us to focus on more applied aspects of the discipline with new ideas and approaches generated from our basic knowledge about “life on sur- faces” to win the battle against unwanted bacteria. The updated aspects of biofilm research reported in this volume should encourage interested researchers to integrate these new concepts in attempts to develop newer innovative approaches in studies of the behavior and functions of sessile bacteria.
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