Microbial image of the month
This is a great image of a biofilm growing on a micro-fibrous material. Biofilms are aggregates of bacteria that are coated with a ‘slimy’ substance consisting of polysaccharide, DNA and proteins. Bacteria are very sociable; more than 90% live in biofilms because they confer many benefits, including resistance to antimicrobials and harsh environmental conditions. They are everywhere, including on our teeth, in our showers and down our sinks.
Image by Paul Gunning, Smith and Nephew from - http://www.fei.com/resources/image-gallery/bacterial-biofilm-7330.aspx