Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in drinking water and the evolution of antibiotic resistance

Dawn Julie Jurgens
In nature, bacteria grow attached to surfaces in communities called biofilms. Biofilm bacteria are phenotypically distinct from free-floating planktonic bacteria, and one of the phenotypic characteristics of biofilms is that they are highly resistant to antimicrobials. Because of this, biofilms growing inside water distribution systems are not killed by the residual water disinfectant. Bacteria that live inside drinking water distribution system biofilms are under stress due to the constant exposure to the residual disinfectant and...
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