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Biofilm matrix

For decades, biofilm research has been trying to provide a comprehensive description of the biofilm matrix. Due to the complexity of the biofilm matrix, an easy characterisation seems somehow impossible. Recently, optical coherence tomography has been pushed and very much contributes to an advanced structural characterisation of the mesoscopic biofilm structure. However, the biofilm matrix is a highly complex matter with various physical (e.g. distribution of biomass, material properties), chemical (e.g. composition, constituents) and (micro)biological (e.g. microorganisms and interactions) properties.

We are thus looking for contributions improving the structural (physical, chemical, micro biological) understanding of the biofilm matrix. Very much appreciated are inputs correlating results of different methodologies.