Marine Biofilms as Mediators of Colonization by Marine Macroorganisms: Implications for Antifouling and Aquaculture

@article{Qian2007MarineBA,
  title={Marine Biofilms as Mediators of Colonization by Marine Macroorganisms: Implications for Antifouling and Aquaculture},
  author={P.-Y. Qian and Stanley Chun Kwan Lau and Hans-Uwe Dahms and Sergey Dobretsov and Tilmann Harder},
  journal={Marine Biotechnology},
  year={2007},
  volume={9},
  pages={399-410}
}
In the marine environment, biofilms on submerged surfaces can promote or discourage the settlement of invertebrate larvae and macroalgal spores. The settlement-mediating effects of biofilms are believed to involve a variety of biofilm attributes including surface chemistry, micro-topography, and a wide range of microbial products from small-molecule metabolites to high-molecular weight extracellular polymers. The settled organisms in turn can modify microbial species composition of biofilms and… 
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