|Titre||Microphytobenthic Biofilms: Composition and Interactions|
|Type de publication||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Auteurs||Hubas, C, Passarelli, C, Paterson, DM|
|Book Title||Mudflat Ecology|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
Microphytobenthic biofilms in mudflats are characterised by a wide variety of microorganisms and the production of large quantities of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In this chapter, the diversity of microphytobenthos (MPB) is reviewed and the complex interactions that take place in mudflat biofilms between microalgae and bacteria are discussed. Microbial interaction in natural biofilms is an emerging field of study in mudflat ecosystems. Although emphasis is placed on EPS and EPS-mediated interactions, because they have received most of the research attention, more direct interactions such as communication and defence are also discussed. Most studies to date have dealt with monospecific or multispecific laboratory biofilms, and environmental studies are still very rare. The development of this field of study in mudflat ecosystems is clearly a major requirement in our understanding of the functioning of mudflat biofilms.