Chapter 9. Marine Biofilms

  1. Simone Dürr2 and
  2. Jeremy C. Thomason3
  1. Sergey Dobretsov

Published Online: 29 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch9



How to Cite

Dobretsov, S. (2009) Marine Biofilms, in Biofouling (eds S. Dürr and J. C. Thomason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch9

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. Department Marine Science and Fisheries, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khoud 123, PO Box 34, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169264

Online ISBN: 9781444315462



  • marine biofilms;
  • four phases of marine biofouling colonisation;
  • microbial adhesion - depending on substratum surface free energy;
  • biofilms - made of microcolonies separated by interstitial voids;
  • microbial biofilms - heterogenic and dynamic structures;
  • species composition of early biofilms;
  • environmental conditions and interactions between microorganisms;
  • quorum sensing (QS) - regulatory mechanism controlling bacterial growth and densities;
  • polysaccharides, lipids, oligopeptides - inductive compounds isolated from marine bacteria and diatoms;
  • limpets - large grazers controlling microbial biomass and biofilm diversity on rocky shores


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biofilm Development

  • Composition of Microbial Biofilms

  • Biofilm Dynamics

  • Signalling in Biofilms

  • Prokaryote–Eukaryote Interactions in Biofilms

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • Dedication

  • References