Article

Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 257-262

First online:

Interspecies bacterial interactions in biofilms

  • G A JamesAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of CalgaryCenter for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University
  • , L BeaudetteAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
  • , J W CostertonAffiliated withCenter for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University

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Abstract

Interactions among bacterial populations can have a profound influence on the structure and physiology of microbial communities. Interspecies microbial interactions begin to influence a biofilm during the initial stages of formation, bacterial attachment and surface colonization, and continue to influence the structure and physiology of the biofilm as it develops. Although the majority of research on bacterial interactions has utilized planktonic communities, the characteristics of biofilm growth (cell positions that are relatively stable and local areas of hindered diffusion) suggest that interspecies interactions may be more significant in biofilms.

Keywords

bacteria interaction biofilm mixed-species community