Community-wide changes reflecting bacterial interspecific interactions in multispecies biofilms

Faizan Ahmed Sadiq, Mette Burmølle, Marc Heyndrickx, Steve Flint, Wenwei Lu, Wei Chen, Jianxin Zhao, Hao Zhang

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Existence of most bacterial species, in natural, industrial, and clinical settings in the form of surface-adhered communities or biofilms has been well acknowledged for decades. Research predominantly focusses on single-species biofilms as these are relatively easy to study. However, microbiologists are now interested in studying multispecies biofilms and revealing interspecific interactions in these communities because of the existence of a plethora of different bacterial species together in almost all natural settings. Multispecies biofilms-led emergent properties are triggered by bacterial social interactions which have huge implication for research and practical knowledge useful for the control and manipulation of these microbial communities. Here, we discuss some important bacterial interactions that take place in multispecies biofilm communities and provide insights into community-wide changes that indicate bacterial interactions and elucidate underlying mechanisms.

Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
TijdschriftCritical Reviews in Microbiology
Pagina's (van-tot)338-358
Aantal pagina’s21
PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2021
Extern gepubliceerdJa


  • Mixed-species biofilms
  • antimicrobial tolerance
  • bacterial interactions
  • biofilms
  • microbial synergy

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