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Processes 2017, 5(1), 5; doi:10.3390/pr5010005

Modeling Biofilms: From Genes to Communities

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA
Academic Editor: Hyun-Seob Song
Received: 8 October 2016 / Revised: 5 January 2017 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 23 January 2017
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Abstract

Biofilms are spatially-structured communities of different microbes, which have a huge impact on both ecosystems and human life. Mathematical models are powerful tools for understanding the function and evolution of biofilms as diverse communities. In this article, we give a review of some recently-developed models focusing on the interactions of different species within a biofilm, the evolution of biofilm due to genetic and environmental causes and factors that affect the structure of a biofilm. View Full-Text
Keywords: biofilm; mathematical modeling; gene; community biofilm; mathematical modeling; gene; community
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