Microbial Exopolymers Link Predator and Prey in a Model Yeast Biofilm System

@article{Joubert2006MicrobialEL,
  title={Microbial Exopolymers Link Predator and Prey in a Model Yeast Biofilm System},
  author={Lydia-Marie Joubert and Gideon M. Wolfaardt and Alfred Botha},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={52},
  pages={187-197}
}
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