Generalized Relationship between Numbers of Bacteria and Their Viability in Biofilms

Jelmer Sjollema*, Minie Rustema-Abbing, Henny C. van der Mei, Henk J. Busscher

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Bacterial biofilms are confined communities that are encapsulated in protective layers of extracellular polymeric substances. Microscopic evaluation of biofilms of diverse bacterial strains on various substrata reveals that, in general, the percentage of viable bacteria decreases with the total number of bacteria in a biofilm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5027-5029
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2011

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