Advances in Biofilms and Their Applications in Biotechnology

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2024 | Viewed by 214

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: microbiology; biofilm; wastewater treatment
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Department of Agricultural Technology, Storage and Transport, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: renewable energy sources; biomass conversion; biofuels
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For the last two decades, biofilm has captured the imagination of researchers worldwide. Many imagine the biofilm as a "city under a dome" where microorganisms create their protective dome made of extracellular polymeric substance, the EPS, and within the city, they efficiently communicate using various mechanisms.

From a human perspective, biofilm's protection from antibiotics or disinfectants is a damaging property, but its protection from harsh environmental conditions during biotechnological procedures such as wastewater treatment is positive and desirable.

In this context, this Special Issue is aimed at collecting significant and recent studies dealing with all aspects of biofilms in biotechnology, whether it is various types of reactors for wastewater treatment, biocarriers, or bioremediation. Recent and novel advances in biofilm imaging are welcome, as are advanced findings on biofilm research methodology. Perspective studies dealing with biofilm eradication in hospital or industrial settings, or its resistance to antibiotics, could also be the topic of a potential manuscript.

Original scientific papers, reviews, and short reviews will be considered. Ground-breaking research, new ideas, and novel experimental and technological solutions that could improve existing knowledge and application of biofilms in biotechnology are encouraged. Potential manuscripts may include, but are not limited to, some of the topics listed below:

  • Biofilms in biofuel production and advanced bioremediation technologies;
  • Research and application of biofilms in wastewater treatment;
  • Advances in biofilm research methodology; 
  • Novel techniques for imaging biofilm;
  • Resistance of biofilms to antibiotics and disinfectants;
  • Biofilm eradication in hospital and industrial management;
  • Roles of biofilm in bacterial pathogenicity;
  • Archaeal biofilms.  

Dr. Tomislav Ivankovic
Dr. Vanja Jurišić
Guest Editors

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