School of Engineering


Biofilm dispersal by marine Bacilli

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.