Biofilm Biology-Informed Biofilm Engineering
Biofilm represents the predominant mode of growth of microorganisms in natural, engineered and medical habitats. Microbial biofilms can be either beneficial or detrimental in different settings. While an enhanced understanding of the fundamentals of biofilm biology is required to fully control detrimental biofilms and to harness the power of beneficial biofilms, progress in biofilm research in recent years has enabled designing and improving biofilm bioprocesses for a desirable performance in various chemical, energy and environmental applications. In this presentation, examples of biofilm biology-informed biofilm engineering enabled by multidisciplinary approaches will be discussed.