Biofilms in food industry : structure, function and control strategies

Sector: 

Food

Category: 

Quality & Safety

Description: 

Microbial life is teeming on most surfaces of our planet. A support, water and some nutrients to microbes are sufficient to initiate the construction of real fortresses called microbial biofilms. The organic matrix, which ensures the cohesion of the biological structure, is essentially constituted by a sticky polymeric mixture. These microscopic architectures impact our daily life in several ways since they can form in natural and man-made surfaces. For the microbial roommates of the matrix, there are many benefits to community lifestyle, including on industrial equipment tolerance to antimicrobial, resistance to hydrodynamic stresses and cleaning operations The variety of survival strategies developed by these surface ecosystems is just beginning to be decrypted in the case of rudimentary model systems. Far from being mere three-dimensional assemblies of identical cells, biofilms are composed of subgroups with heterogeneous traits that are largely involved in their ecological success.

Target groups: 

Students

Training Formats: 

Webinar

Keywords: 

Microbial biofilms; Surface adhesion;

Provider - Source: 

Prof. Romain Briandet, AgroParisTech

Language: 

English