Centre of Excellence in Biofilm Science and Technologies
Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and yeast can exist as free floating or planktonic entities or they can attach to a biotic or abiotic surface (or each other) to form a biofilm. Within a biofilm a community of microorganisms become encased in an extracellular matrix, called EPS (extracellular polymeric substance), composed of polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, extracellular enzymes, metal ions and extracellular DNA (eDNA). In nature, over 90% of microorganisms exist within a biofilm.
5D have over 28 years experience of researching, managing and engineering biofilms, developing biofilm models and developing technologies to prevent and control. This experience has been gained through working in academia, industry and public health bodies. Please see our publications pages for further information on biofilmology.