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New directions in biofilm research

Cindy MORRIS Cindy.Morris at avignon.inra.fr
Wed Sep 2 09:32:46 EST 1998

Dear Bob and other biofilmers,

In response to your challenge:
I attended the meeting in Halifax.  The presentations made at this meeting
reflected the fact that most studies of biofilms concern those in
liquid-saturated environments.  In fact, the several papers concerning
modeling of biofilm stucture assummed continued presence of a fluid.  Hence,
I think that more research is needed on biofilms in environments where a
fluid is not continuously present (called unsaturated environments by some
researchers).  More precisely:

1. How do punctuated fluid conditions effect biofilm structure?
2. Can we conceive of alternatives to Robbin's-like devices to permit
studies of biofilms in nonsaturated environments?

Cindy E. Morris

INRA - Station de Pathologie Vegetale
B.P. 94
84143 Montfavet, France

tel : (33) 490-31-63-84
fax : (33) 490-31-63-35
e-mail : morris at avignon.inra.fr

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