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Title: Marine biofilms as mediators of colonization by marine macroorganisms: Implications for antifouling and aquaculture
Authors: Qian, P.-Y.
Lau, S.C.K. 
Dahms, H.-U.
Dobretsov, S.
Harder, T.
Keywords: Aquaculture
Conservation management
Marine biofilms
Settlement mediation
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Qian, P.-Y., Lau, S.C.K., Dahms, H.-U., Dobretsov, S., Harder, T. (2007). Marine biofilms as mediators of colonization by marine macroorganisms: Implications for antifouling and aquaculture. Marine Biotechnology 9 (4) : 399-410. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the marine environment, biofilms on submerged surfaces can promote or discourage the settlement of invertebrate larvae and macroalgal spores. The settlement-mediating effects of biofilms are believed to involve a variety of biofilm attributes including surface chemistry, micro-topography, and a wide range of microbial products from small-molecule metabolites to high-molecular weight extracellular polymers. The settled organisms in turn can modify microbial species composition of biofilms and thus change the biofilm properties and dynamics. A better understanding of biofilm dynamics and chemical signals released and/or stored by biofilms will facilitate the development of antifouling and mariculture technologies. This review provides a brief account of 1) existing knowledge of marine biofilms that are relevant to settlement mediation, 2) biotechnological application of biofilms with respect to developing non-toxic antifouling technologies and improving the operation of aquaculture facilities, and 3) challenges and future directions for advancing our understanding of settlement-mediating functions of biofilms and for applying this knowledge to real-life situations. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Source Title: Marine Biotechnology
ISSN: 14362228
DOI: 10.1007/s10126-007-9001-9
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