Biofilms

Biofilms are communities of microorganisms that attach to each other and to surfaces, for example by bacterial adherence. Biofilms consist of both the cells and the extracellular matrix produced by the cells. Biofilms can be problematic in certain places, for example inside pipes or on medical implants.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    This study shows that Aspergillus fumigatus develops spatial hypoxic microenvironments during biofilm maturation that contribute to antifungal drug resistance.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Comments and Opinion |

    This month’s Under the Lens discusses dual-view light-sheet microscopy and how its use has revealed the dynamics of bacterial biofilm development, a fundamental process found in bacteria.

    • Suzanne C. Letham
    •  & Tanmay A. M. Bharat
  • Research Highlights |

    This study found that extracellular DNA mediates efficient extracellular electron transfer by phenazines in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.

    • Ashley York
  • News and Views |

    Resistance to antibiotics is a hot topic in microbiology, but there is much less coverage on resistance to vaccines. The associated risk to disease control has potentially devastating implications, but advances are being made towards smarter vaccine design that reduces the risk of antibiotic-resistant disease.

    • Stephen Bentley
    Nature Microbiology 5, 393-394