Dispersal of biofilms by secreted, matrix degrading, bacterial Dnase

Reindert Nijland, Michael J. Hall, J. Grant Burgess

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In their natural environment most bacteria grow within surface attached communities known as biofilms. Bacterial biofilms are problematic in industrial settings, where they contribute to biofouling [1] and in human health, where they contribute directly to antibiotic resistant infections [2], [3]. Biofilms consist of sessile bacteria embedded within a hydrated extracellular matrix, with a physiology, gene expression pattern and morphology that is distinct from planktonic cells [4], [5], [6].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiofilm Control and Antimicrobial Agents
PublisherApple Academic Press Inc
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781482239492
ISBN (Print)9781771880022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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