Multispecies biofilms in the food industry
Studies on bacterial biofilms on food contact surfaces in food industries have revealed contamination with many bacterial species, including spoilers and spore-forming bacteria, which remain largely unaffected even after cleaning. The EU-funded Multispeciesbiofilm project will investigate the biofilm-forming capacity of these species and unravel interactions among different bacterial groups in multispecies biofilm combinations, particularly involving spore formers and non-spore-forming bacteria, such as Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas, and Staphylococcus species. The aim is to determine the influence of simulated cleaning and disinfection on the integrity of these biofilms on stainless steel in a bioreactor-based biofilm model. This multidisciplinary initiative will involve metatranscriptomics, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and a biosensor to study bacterial behaviour in mixed biofilm communities at the molecular and structural levels.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringsensorsbiosensors
- engineering and technologyenvironmental biotechnologybioremediationbioreactors
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesmicrobiologybacteriology
- agricultural sciencesanimal and dairy sciencedairy
- engineering and technologyother engineering and technologiesfood technologyfood safety