What is Biofilm?

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The definition of Biofilm is a complex structured community of bacteria and other microorganisms that attaches to a surface. The population of a biofilm often undergoes morphological and metabolic changes, enabling microorganisms to survive in an otherwise inhospitable environment.*

* Costerton et al, 1995. Ann Rev. Microbiol. 49: 711-745
Shi and Zhu, 2009. Trends in Food Sci. and Technol. 20: 407-413


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