Biofilm development of the polyethylene-degrading bacterium Rhodococcus ruber

@article{Sivan2005BiofilmDO,
  title={Biofilm development of the polyethylene-degrading bacterium Rhodococcus ruber},
  author={Alex Sivan and Mordechai Szanto and Valeri Pavlov},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
  year={2005},
  volume={72},
  pages={346-352}
}
We have recently isolated a biofilm-producing strain (C208) of Rhodococcus ruber that degraded polyethylene at a rate of 0.86% per week (r 2=0.98). Strain C208 adheres to polyethylene immediately upon exposure to the polyolefin. This initial biofilm differentiates (in a stepwise process that lasts about 20 h) into cell-aggregation-forming microcolonies. Further organization yields “mushroom-like” three-dimensional structures on the mature biofilm. The ratio between the population densities of… CONTINUE READING