Accession Number : ADA299446

Title :   Biofilm Structure and Activity.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL

Personal Author(s) : Stahl, David A.

PDF Url : ADA299446

Report Date : 30 JUN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : To develop molecular measures of the identity, activity, and spatial distribution of microbial populations mailing up natural (multispecies) biofilms. To use biofilm bioreactors to characterize the relationship between biochemical transformations and community structure, focusing on the terminal steps of anaerobic mineralization and emphasizing competitive and cooperative interactions among sulfate-reducing and methanogenic biofilm populations. These studies and the development of new techniques should contribute to a better understanding of biofilm microbial populations and associated processes and, therefore, serve to provide a rational foundation for their control and manipulation.

Descriptors :   *BACTERIA, *ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, *BIOLOGICAL ABSORPTION, *BIOLUMINESCENCE, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, COMPETITION, COMMUNITIES, INTERACTIONS, MOLECULES, BIOCHEMISTRY, POPULATION, CHEMICAL REACTORS, FOCUSING, TRANSFORMATIONS, MICROORGANISMS, ANAEROBIC PROCESSES, MINERALIZATION.

Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE