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Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Polymer Surfaces as a Substrate for Bacterial Attachment and Biofilm Formation

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Title: Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Polymer Surfaces as a Substrate for Bacterial Attachment and Biofilm Formation
Authors: Webb, Hayden K. Browse this author
Crawford, Russell J. Browse this author
Sawabe, Tomoo Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Ivanova, Elena P. Browse this author
Keywords: poly(ethylene terephthalate)
bacterial attachment
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology
Journal Title: Microbes and Environments
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Start Page: 39
End Page: 42
Publisher DOI: 10.1264/jsme2.ME08538
Abstract: Plastic debris causes extensive damage to the marine environment, largely due to its ability to resist degradation. Attachment on plastic surfaces is a key initiation process for their degradation. The tendency of environmental marine bacteria to adhere to poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) plastic surfaces as a model material was investigated. It was found that the overall number of heterotrophic bacteria in a sample of sea water taken from St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia, was significantly reduced after six months from 4.2-4.7×10^3 cfu mL^[-1] to below detectable levels on both full-strength and oligotrophic marine agar plates. The extinction of oligotrophs after six months was detected in all samples. In contrast, the overall bacterial number recovered on full strength marine agar from the sample flasks with PET did not dramatically reduce. Heterotrophic bacteria recovered on full-strength marine agar plates six months after the commencement of the experiment were found to have suitable metabolic activity to survive in sea water while attaching to the PET plastic surface followed by the commencement of biofilm formation.
Rights: 日本微生物生態学会 (Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology)
Type: article
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