Chapter 12. Fouling on Artificial Substrata

  1. Simone Dürr3 and
  2. Jeremy C. Thomason4
  1. Antonio Terlizzi1 and
  2. Marco Faimali2

Published Online: 29 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch12



How to Cite

Terlizzi, A. and Faimali, M. (2009) Fouling on Artificial Substrata, in Biofouling (eds S. Dürr and J. C. Thomason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Laboratory of Zoology and Marine Biology, Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Technologies (DiSTeBA), University of Salento, I-73100, Lecce, Italy

  2. 2

    CNR – Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR) – Sezione Tecnologie Marine, Genova, Via De Marini, 6 - IV P., 16149 Genova, Italy

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169264

Online ISBN: 9781444315462



  • fouling on artificial substrata;
  • substratum properties - regulating patterns of cell accumulation and cell distribution;
  • classical view, successional model - two main models, establishment of biofouling;
  • extracellular matrix - composed of water and microbial macromolecules;
  • larval supply, determining development of fouling assemblages;
  • man-made structures as extra habitat for biofouling organisms;
  • shell filters, preventing mussel shells from reaching condenser tubes;
  • biofouling - increasing running costs from serious decline in plant efficiency in plants;
  • multi-substratum approach - obtaining reliable portrait of potential settlers;
  • well-designed inspections by in situ experiments - quantifying consistency of outcomes in laboratory


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Influence of the Nature of Artificial Substrata on Fouling

  • Assemblages

  • Environmental, Physical–Chemical and Biological Interactions

  • During Fouling Colonisation of Artificial Substrata

  • Man-made Structures as Extra Habitat for Biofouling Organisms

  • Artificial Substrata for Biofouling Monitoring in Cooling Water Systems

  • Conclusions

  • References