Biofilms: The Sticky Science of Microbial Cities
Wann: Mi, 04.10.2023, 19:00 Uhr bis 22:00 Uhr
Wo: Baseler Hof, Esplanade 15, 20354 Hamburg, Gartensaal
Bacteria have a strong cooperative spirit and quickly form communities, known as biofilms. Biofilms can be found on ocean pipes, plant roots, people's teeth, hotel handrails - no surface is safe from their ingenuity.
With their sophisticated communication, bacteria “talk” to each other and even make plans. Biofilms are architecturally impressive microbial cities which our health and that of the environment often depend upon. In fact, humans are fundamentally reliant on biofilms acting on and within us. However, if the sensitive interplay gets out of balance, undesirable consequences such as antibiotic resistance can occur.
How do biofilms form? What does it know about their significance for health and the environment? How does science study their diversity? Are there "good" and "bad" biofilms? What could we learn from them? Could biofilms even help us on the way to creating a sustainable society?