Effects of short-time drying on biofilm-associated bacteria

Abstract

Microorganisms tend to form biofilms consisting of cells embedded in a highly hydrated extracellular polymeric matrix. The biofilm protects its inhabitants from antimicrobial agents, pH alterations, and confers protection against drying. It is known that biofilm-associated bacteria can survive for a while in the absence of water. When rehydrated, metabolic… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF03175220

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