Coating metal surfaces with artificial biofilms could help keep the surfaces corrosion-free even in the ocean!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Hymenopteran ambidensovirus 1
In this study, instead of trying to remove or prevent biofilms on surfaces, artificial biofilms were created by coating the surfaces and specially selected bacterial cells with polymers. This approach did not prevent colonization by other organisms in the sea, but preliminary results suggested that the community that did take up residence was not as corrosive as the communities found on uncoated steel.
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