Magnetic resonance microscopy of biofilm structure and impact on transport in a capillary bioreactor
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Microorganisms that colonize surfaces, biofilms, are of significant importance due to their role in medical infections, subsurface contaminant remediation, and industrial processing. Spatially resolved data on the distribution of biomass within a capillary bioreactor, the heterogeneity of the biofilm itself and the impact on transport dynamics for a Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm in the natural growth state are presented. The data demonstrate the ability of magnetic resonance microscopy to study spatially resolved processes in bacterial biofilms, thus providing a basis for future studies of spatially resolved metabolism and in vivo clinical detection.
Seymour JD, Codd SL, Gjersing EL, and Stewart PS, "Magnetic resonance microscopy of biofilm structure and impact on transport in a capillary bioreactor," J Magnetic Resonance, 2004 167(2):322-327.