By Hans-Curt Flemming,Jost Wingender,Ulrich Szewzyk

Living in biofilms is the typical lifestyle of microorganisms, transiently immobilized of their matrix of extracellular polymeric elements (EPS), interacting in lots of methods and utilizing the matrix as an exterior digestion and defense method. this is often how they've got prepared their existence within the surroundings, within the scientific context and in technical structures – and has helped lead them to the oldest, so much profitable and ubiquitous type of existence.

In this e-book, scorching spots in present biofilm study are awarded in serious and occasionally provocative chapters. This serves a twofold objective: to supply an summary and to motivate additional discussions. particularly, the ebook seeks to stimulate lateral thinking.

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