Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 257–262 | Cite as

Interspecies bacterial interactions in biofilms

  • G A James
  • L Beaudette
  • J W Costerton


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G A James
    • 1
    • 3
  • L Beaudette
    • 2
  • J W Costerton
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Center for Biofilm EngineeringMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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