While we may not give much thought to biofilms, we interact with these microbial colonies everyday. In fact, there are biofilms on faucets, teeth, sinks/counters, and even our most often used appliances. Whenever you have biodegradable organics, moisture, and exposure to environmental bacteria; a biofilm will likely develop. While I usually talk about only waste treatment bacteria and associated biofilms, a recent interesting article appeared in Nature. Researchers at The University of Valencia in Spain examined multiple coffee makers and found a wide range of biofilm microbes. In fact, many of these microbes found are organisms commonly isolated from wastewater treatment plants. Study article appeared in Nature - http://www.nature.com/articles/srep17163.
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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