Biofilm Highlights

  • Hans-Curt Flemming
  • Jost Wingender
  • Ulrich Szewzyk

Part of the Springer Series on Biofilms book series (BIOFILMS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David G. Davies
    Pages 1-28
  3. Per Halkjær Nielsen, Morten Simonsen Dueholm, Trine Rolighed Thomsen, Jeppe Lund Nielsen, Daniel Otzen
    Pages 41-62
  4. Ulrich Szewzyk, Regine Szewzyk, Bertram Schmidt, Burga Braun
    Pages 63-79
  5. Thomas Guélon, Jean-Denis Mathias, Paul Stoodley
    Pages 111-139
  6. Randall D. Wolcott, Florencia Lopez-Leban, Madanahally Divakar Kiran, Naomi Balaban
    Pages 141-161
  7. Thomas Bjarnsholt, Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Michael Givskov
    Pages 163-188
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


Living in biofilms is the common way of life of microorganisms, transiently immobilized in their matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), interacting in many ways and using the matrix as an external digestion and protection system. This is how they have organized their life in the environment, in the medical context and in technical systems – and has helped make them the oldest, most successful and ubiquitous form of life.

In this book, hot spots in current biofilm research are presented in critical and sometimes provocative chapters. This serves a twofold purpose: to provide an overview and to inspire further discussions. Above all, the book seeks to stimulate lateral thinking.


Biofilms Biofouling Environmental microbiology Hygiene Infection medicine Water purification Wound healing

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Curt Flemming
    • 1
  • Jost Wingender
    • 2
  • Ulrich Szewzyk
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of ChemistryBiofilm CentreEssenGermany
  2. 2.University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of ChemistryBiofilm CentreEssenGermany
  3. 3., Department of Environmental MicrobiologyBerlin Institute of TechnologyBerlinGermany

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