EXPERTS SPEAK – What you need to know about the components and functions of a bacterial biofilm matrix

One of the major concerns in the field of hygiene in the food industry is the formation of bacterial biofilms. Biofilms are groups of micro-organisms that accumulate in a solid-liquid interface and are surrounded by a mucilaginous matrix. The biofilm matrix is the extracellular material, produced by micro-organisms themselves, in which are embedded the cells of the biofilm. It consists of a conglomeration of different types of biopolymers – known as Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) – which form the support for the three-dimensional structure of the biofilm. The formation of biofilms allows cells a life form completely different from the planktonic state, protecting them from adverse environments and facilitating their survival.

Component Functions of Bacterial BioFilm Matrix and read more about the components and functions of bacterial biofilms.