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Phototrophic biofilms and their potential applications: towards the development of a unifying concept

Objective

Phototrophic biofilms are communities, driven by photosynthesing microorganisms, and occurring on interfaces in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Such biofilms cause biofouling on e.g. submersed objects and monuments, but also have a great bioremediation potential for water and soils. PHOBIA proposes to grow air-exposed and aquatic phototrophic biofilms on soft and hard substrata in a specially designed incubator, in which microenvironment, architecture, growth, and biodiversity on the biofilm communities will be analysed, and in which their major physiological processes will be quantified. In contrast to heterotrophic biofilms, predictive models are not available for phototrophic biofilms. Our objective is to develop a unifying model of a phototrophic biofilm, and to use that for management and control of phototrophic biofilms in existing and new applications.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY
Address
Korringaweg 7
4400 AC Yerseke
Netherlands

Participants (5)

DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Netherlands
Address
Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA QUIMICA E BIOLOGICA - UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Avenida Da Republica, Estacao Agronomica Nacional
Oeiras
UFZ-UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH
Germany
Address
Brueckstrasse 3A
39114 Magdeburg
UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
Address
Via Della Ricerca Scientifica
00133 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Strandpromenaden 5
3000 Helsingoer