Chapter 10. Freshwater Biofilms

  1. Simone Dürr2 and
  2. Jeremy C. Thomason3
  1. Anna M. Romaní

Published Online: 29 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch10



How to Cite

Romaní, A. M. (2009) Freshwater Biofilms, in Biofouling (eds S. Dürr and J. C. Thomason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK

  2. 3

    School of Biology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Author Information

  1. Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Girona, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169264

Online ISBN: 9781444315462



  • freshwater biofilms;
  • extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs);
  • dissolved organic matter (DOM);
  • polymeric matrix-extracellular polymers produced by microorganisms;
  • confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) - tool to study biofilm as three-dimensional structures;
  • scanning electron microscope (SEM);
  • biofilm heterotrophic metabolism;
  • biofilm structure - highly dynamic biological layer changing metabolism, thickness, density and composition;
  • freshwater biofilms - highly structured microbial communities, affecting functioning;
  • nutrient content, incident light and flow velocity - determining mature biofilm properties


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Structure and Architecture of Freshwater Biofilms

  • Biofilm Biomass

  • Biofilm Metabolism and Its Role on the Aquatic Food Web

  • Dynamic Structure–Function in Freshwater Biofilms

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References