Questions tagged [biofilms]

Tag for questions related to any group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other on a surface. These adherent cells are frequently embedded within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance.

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Is there a standard protocol for isolating bacteriophages from biofilm?

We are planning to screen soil, water, and biofilm for mycobacteriophages, particularly the environments where the bacteria have been found in the past. We have already isolated phages from soil but ...
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Does biofilm formation hinder photosythesis?

In photosynthetic bacteria such as Cyanobacteria, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, the bacteria need access to both light, CO2, and water to perform photosynthesis. However, in thick biofilm structures (e....
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Could biofilms float and survive in the sulfuric acid clouds of Venus?

The atmosphere of Venus is composed of 96.5% carbon dioxide, 3.5% nitrogen, and traces of other gases, most notably sulfur dioxide. The main cloud deck is located in the 48-70 km altitude range and is ...
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What does substrate mean?

I have been reading some literature on measurements related to biofilms. In some articles the word "substrate" seems to stand for the material on which a biofilm is growing. In other articles, it ...
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How to grow a spirulina biofilm on a carbon/graphite cylindrical cathode?

I am trying to grow a spirulina biofilm on my cathode for a fuel cell but it doesn't seem to be sticking to the cathode. I have a culture of spirulina and I've submerged a few cathodes in it to try ...
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What is known and what can be measured of biofilms?

Context for the question I am a mathematics researcher working on the mathematics of imaging and parameter estimation (inverse problems). I found an interesting diffusion equation that models the ...
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Proteins that cannot form biofilm?

I am trying to build a machine learning training set for bacterial protein sequences that form biofilm, and that cannot. I collected the positive sequences from the GO ontology website but for ...
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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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Biofilm microtiter experimental design

We sequenced RNA using RNA-seq from biofilm (attached to bottom) and planktonic growing bacteria (supernatant) in 3 mL microtiter plates. I'm not sure how is possible to obtain planktonic cells ...
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Do bacteria precipitate in static liquid culture media?

We performed 36h biofilm cultures and would like to know if this time is enough to planktonic bacteria to precipitate. Since we observed biofilm formation one the surface of the microtiter plate. ...
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