The word on the sheet: biofilm has a script

Professor Sunny Jiang and Leda Katebian University of California, Irvine

How could an understanding of the chemical language of microbes unlock the enigma of biofouling? Studies looking at the communications between bacteria that lead to the build up of biofoulant reveal opportunities to scramble the messages and possibly remove this thorn in the side of membrane desalination.

This article first appeared in the May 2015 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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