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Michael Ludensky MLudensky at LONZA-US.COM
Fri Sep 5 09:24:34 EST 1997

     There was a poster at 1996 ASM Meeting on Microbial Biofilms by
     M.W. LeChevallier and C. Norton. "Factors that impact the microbial 
     compositions of biofilms" with some information on Mycobacteria in 
     M. Ludensky
     Lonza R&D
     79 Rt 22E
     P.O.Box 993, 
     Annanadale, NJ 08801

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Subject: Mycobacteria
Author:  Nick Jakubovics <np at dna.bio.warwick.ac.uk> at INTERNET
Date:    9/5/97 2:44 PM

I am a final year PhD student investigating potable water biofilms.  I 
have found that introducing glass discs into flowing tap water results in 
the accumulation of large numbers of acid fast bacilli at the surfaces.  
Some of these cells are released into the water column resulting in 
increased numbers of culturable Mycobacteria relative to the background 
levels.  Perhaps the hydrophobic nature of the Mycobacterial cell surface 
might make these bacteria ideally suited to attachment and 
surface-associated growth?
I would be very grateful if anyone has information / references on 
Mycobacteria in environmental biofilms.
Many thanks,
Nick Jakubovics

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