Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
Architecture of bacterial communities
Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe Bacterial Biofilms
SummaryMany bacterial species colonize surfaces and form dense three-dimensional structures, known as biofilms, which are resistant to antibiotics and constitute one of the major forms of bacterial biomass on Earth. The developmental process that gives rise to biofilms is largely unknown. It was recently discovered that between the initial surface attachment and mature tower-shaped biofilm structures, the cellular architecture undergoes several critical transitions.