Architecture of bacterial communities

Research report (imported) 2016 - Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Authors
Drescher, Knut
Departments
Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe Bacterial Biofilms
DOI
Summary

Many bacterial species colonize surfaces and form dense three-dimensional structures, known as biofilms, which are resistant to antibiotics and constitute one of the major forms of bacterial biomass on Earth. The developmental process that gives rise to biofilms is largely unknown. It was recently discovered that between the initial surface attachment and mature tower-shaped biofilm structures, the cellular architecture undergoes several critical transitions.

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