- Project Dates: March 2008 - February 2010
- Project Leader: Dr. Reindert Nijland
- Staff: Professor Grant Burgess
- Sponsors: EU Marie Curie Intra European fellowship
Most marine bacteria live in complex microbial communities adhering to a surface, called biofilms. In the marine environment there is a constant struggle for survival amongst all bacteria in the biofilm. One of the competition methods regularly applied is the production of antimicrobial compounds such as antibiotics. Possible other competition strategies rely on the dispersal from a crowded biofilm or even the active dispersal of competitor species
We are studying the process of biofilm formation and specifically biofilm dispersal. We aim at identifying the genes and gene regulatory pathways involved in biofilm dispersal by using a specific biofilm dispersal assay and promoter-GFP fusions of the dispersing strains.