Insight into microbial biofilm interactions guides future industrial applications
Microorganisms possess the ability to form biofilms, 3D communities such as those found on dental plaque. The scope of the EU-funded BEBOP project is to understand the biophysical mechanisms underlying the formation of such structures in complex environments such as porous media. Using a combination of microfluidics, bioreactor experiments, fluorescence and X-ray imaging, researchers are investigating the underpinning biophysical processes. Dissecting the interactions between biofilms and their environment will provide fundamental knowledge in biomechanics and physical ecology, and also pave the way towards novel biotechnologies for industrial and societal applications, such as wastewater processing and bioremediation of soils.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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