Interspecies bacterial interactions in biofilms
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- James, G.A., Beaudette, L. & Costerton, J.W. Journal of Industrial Microbiology (1995) 15: 257. doi:10.1007/BF01569978
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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.