The Perfect Slime presents the latest state of knowledge and all aspects of the Extracellular Polymeric Substances, EPS matrix from the ecological and health to the antifouling perspectives The book brings together all the current material in order to expand our understanding of the functions, properties and characteristics of the matrix as well as the possibilities to strengthen or weaken it The EPS matrix represents the immediate environment in which biofilm organisms live From their point of view, this matrix has paramount advantages It allows them to stay together for extended periods and form synergistic microconsortia, it retains extracellular enzymes and turns the matrix into an external digestion system and it is a universal recycling yard, it protects them against desiccation, it allows for intense communication and represents a huge genetic archive They can remodel their matrix, break free and eventually, they can use it as a nutrient source The EPS matrix can be considered as one of the emergent properties of biofilms and are a major reason for the success of this form of life Nevertheless, they have been termed the black matter of biofilms for good reasons First of all the isolation methods define the results In most cases, only water soluble EPS components are investigated insoluble ones such as cellulose or amyloids are much less included In particular in environmental biofilms with many species, it is difficult to impossible isolate, separate the various EPS molecules they are encased in and to define which species produced which EPS The regulation and the factors which trigger or inhibit EPS production are still very poorly understood Further bacteria are not the only microorganisms to produce EPS Archaea, Fungi and algae can also form EPS This book investigates the questions, What is their composition, function, dynamics and regulation What do they all have in common...
|Title||:||The Perfect Slime: Microbial Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS)|
|Publisher||:||Iwa Pub 1 edition September 15, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||788 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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