A brief recap of microbial adhesion and biofilms

Spyridon Achinas*, Nikolaos Charalampogiannis, Gert Jan Willem Euverink

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Abstract

Food and beverage industries operate their production units under stringent hygiene standards to verify high-quality products. However, the presence of biofilms can cause hygienic problems in the industries in the case of pathogenic organisms. Microorganisms can form biofilms, which are resistant to cleaning and disinfection. Microorganisms in biofilms are closely packed in a matrix that acts as a barrier to cleaning and disinfection. Biofilms are observed in processing equipment and open surfaces, resulting in food safety problems or weakening of production efficiency. This review provides a recap of the biofouling process, including the production mechanisms and control techniques of microbial adhesion. Microbial adhesion and colonization are the sine qua non of the establishment of bacterial pathogenesis and this report focuses on their prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2801
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Sciences
Volume9
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2019

Keywords

  • microorganisms
  • bacterial growth
  • biofilm
  • adhesion
  • control
  • BACTERIAL ADHESION
  • STAINLESS-STEEL
  • TRIGGERED RELEASE
  • SURFACES
  • COATINGS
  • TEMPERATURE
  • LAYER
  • INFECTIONS
  • MECHANISMS
  • ATTACHMENT

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