Marine biofilms as mediators of colonization by marine macroorganisms

Implications for antifouling and aquaculture

P. Y. Qian, S. C K Lau, H. U. Dahms, S. Dobretsov, T. Harder

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Abstract

In the marine environment, biofilms on submerged surfaces can promote or discourage the settlement of invertebrate larvae and macroalgal spores. The settlement-mediating effects of biofilms are believed to involve a variety of biofilm attributes including surface chemistry, micro-topography, and a wide range of microbial products from small-molecule metabolites to high-molecular weight extracellular polymers. The settled organisms in turn can modify microbial species composition of biofilms and thus change the biofilm properties and dynamics. A better understanding of biofilm dynamics and chemical signals released and/or stored by biofilms will facilitate the development of antifouling and mariculture technologies. This review provides a brief account of 1) existing knowledge of marine biofilms that are relevant to settlement mediation, 2) biotechnological application of biofilms with respect to developing non-toxic antifouling technologies and improving the operation of aquaculture facilities, and 3) challenges and future directions for advancing our understanding of settlement-mediating functions of biofilms and for applying this knowledge to real-life situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages12
JournalMarine Biotechnology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Aquaculture
antifouling
Biofilms
biofilm
aquaculture
colonization
Technology
mariculture
microtopography
microrelief
Invertebrates
Metabolites
Surface chemistry
Spores
marine environment
Topography
Larva
spore
metabolite
polymers

Keywords

  • Aquaculture
  • Biofouling
  • Colonization
  • Conservation management
  • Marine biofilms
  • Settlement mediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry

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Marine biofilms as mediators of colonization by marine macroorganisms : Implications for antifouling and aquaculture. / Qian, P. Y.; Lau, S. C K; Dahms, H. U.; Dobretsov, S.; Harder, T.

In: Marine Biotechnology, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2007, p. 399-410.

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