Sensing the unreachable: challenges and opportunities in biofilm detection

Yikang Xu, Yousr Dhaouadi, Paul Stoodley, Dacheng Ren

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Abstract

Bacteria can attach to essentially all materials and form multicellular biofilms with high-level tolerance to antimicrobials. Detrimental biofilms are responsible for a variety of problems ranging from food and water contamination, bio-corrosion, to drug resistant infections. Besides the challenges in control, biofilms are also difficult to detect due to the lack of biofilm-specific biomarkers and methods for non-destructive imaging. In this article, we present a concise review of recent advancements in this field, with a focus on medical device-associated infections. We also discuss the technologies that have potential for non-destructive detection of bacterial biofilms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

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Biofilms
Food Contamination
Corrosion
Biomarkers
Infection
Bacteria
Contamination
Technology
Imaging techniques
Equipment and Supplies
Water
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Sensing the unreachable : challenges and opportunities in biofilm detection. / Xu, Yikang; Dhaouadi, Yousr; Stoodley, Paul; Ren, Dacheng.

In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 64, 08.2020, p. 79-84.

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Xu, Yikang ; Dhaouadi, Yousr ; Stoodley, Paul ; Ren, Dacheng. / Sensing the unreachable : challenges and opportunities in biofilm detection. In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2020 ; Vol. 64. pp. 79-84.
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