Microbial Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPSs) in Ocean Systems

  title={Microbial Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPSs) in Ocean Systems},
  author={Alan W. Decho and Tony Guti{\'e}rrez},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
Microbial cells (i.e., bacteria, archaea, microeukaryotes) in oceans secrete a diverse array of large molecules, collectively called extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) or simply exopolymers. These secretions facilitate attachment to surfaces that lead to the formation of structured 'biofilm' communities. In open-water environments, they also lead to formation of organic colloids, and larger aggregations of cells, called 'marine snow.' Secretion of EPS is now recognized as a fundamental… CONTINUE READING
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