Biofilme generieren ihre Nährstoffversorgung selbst

What do ship hulls and teeth have in common? The answer: harmful biofilms can settle on both materials. These rather slimy coatings consist of countless microorganisms. Worst case scenario, they are undesirable bacteria. And these, in turn, can cause some damage. For example, fouling on ship hulls has economic consequences due to the increase in weight and the increased flow resistance. Caries and periodontitis, on the other hand, pose considerable health risks. In order to counteract the formation of harmful biofilms, it is first necessary to understand how they spread. So the central question is: how does their nutrient supply work?

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.