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Effects Of Surface Properties On The Charge Regulated Bioenergetic Response Of Attached Bacteria: Exploration Within The Framework Of The Chemiosmotic Theory, Lynal Sunila Albert Jan 2015

Effects Of Surface Properties On The Charge Regulated Bioenergetic Response Of Attached Bacteria: Exploration Within The Framework Of The Chemiosmotic Theory, Lynal Sunila Albert

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Microbial adhesion is critical to natural and engineered systems due to the ubiquitous presence of bacteria, their tendency to attach to biotic and abiotic surfaces and their ability to survive in habitats not suitable for most life. Many processes benefit from microbial adhesion, such as attached-growth wastewater treatment and symbiotic nitrogen fixation. In other scenarios, microbial adhesion is highly detrimental and examples include pathogenic biofilm infections on medical implants and devices and bio-corrosion of pipelines and ship hulls. Studies have demonstrated that the metabolic state of adhered bacteria can vary based on the physiochemical properties of the solid surface, but ...