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About this book
About this book
Provides an analysis of the chemical, ecological and physical processes involved in the development of biofilms and their interactions with surfaces.
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.
310 pages, B/w photos, illus
'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