Microbial biofilms are multicellular communities of sessile microorganisms encased by the hydrated polymeric matrix. They have significant influences on both aquatic/terrestrial ecosystem and anthropogenic activities. Taking advantage of the governing features of selective stress (Tan and Ng in Water Res 42:1122–1132, 2008; Wei in Water Res 45:863–871, 2011; Dereli in Water Res 59C:11–22, 2014), the evenness of microbial communities in a membrane-centered mesocosm was successfully manipulated. By measuring the biofilm growing rates under different evenness levels of communities, an evenly distributed community favors the formation of biofilms was observed. This finding is not only a new evidence linking biofilm diversity to its functionality but also a clear suggestion on controlling a biofilm-based process via a simple and smart way.
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This research was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (No. ZD201412) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21177033).
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Gao, D., Tao, Y., Fu, Y. et al. Egalitarianism in Biofilms. Microb Ecol 76, 49–51 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-018-1173-5
- Microbial ecology
- Community evenness