Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Bacterial Biofilms

Sadik Dincer

Cukurova University


Melis Sümengen Özdenefe

Near East University

Afet Arkut

Cyprus International University


Biofilms in Respiratory Track Infections Biofilms in Hemodialysis Environment Microorganism sources Biofilm formation Biofilms in Wastewater Treatment Microbial diversity in biofilms Biofilm of Food Pathogens Quorum sensing Inhibition of Biofilm Formation BiofoulingNanoparticles in Biofilms

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With ability to grow on any surface they adhere to, microorganisms form complex communities - biofilms, and within them, produce extracellular matrix in which cells grow. Biofilms can occur anywhere and they can affect people in natural, medical and industrial areas. For instance, biofilm formation on medical instruments such as catheters or implants often leads to difficult to treat chronic infections, as well as to tooth, skin and urinary tract infections. Biofilms cause serious problems, for example, with pipes in the factories and bodies of ships.
However, there are many benefits from a microorganism creating a biofilm, and therefore, biofilm formation is associated with symbiotic life.One of the benefits is not only providing resistance for pathogenic microorganism to antimicrobials but also to phagocytosis.
Furthermore, biofilms also act as diffusion barriers against small molecules. They represent the natural stationary phase of a microbial growth. During the stationary phase, microorganisms alter their physiology deeply by increasing the production of secondary metabolites such as antibiotics, pigments and other small molecules.
These secondary metabolites also function as signaling molecules initiating biofilm formation process or preventing biofilm formation by other organisms.
In this book, biofilm formation and its influencing factors and the effect of environmental contamination on biofilm will be discussed. 

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Sadik Dincer

Cukurova University

For the past 32 years, Prof. Sadık Dincer has been involved in teaching, research, and academic work in numerous distinguished universities in Turkey. Currently, he is working at Cukurova University, Biology and Biotechnology Department, Adana - Turkey. His manuscripts and book chapters have been published in international journals. He received a Technology Development Award from TUBITAK in 2013. His research is focused on Bacteriology, Microbial Ecology, Industrial biotechnology and Microbial Genetic.

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