Author(s): Fletcher M, Loeb GI
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Abstract The attachment of a marine Pseudomonas sp. to a variety of surfaces was investigated, and the number of bacteria which became attached was related to the surface charge and degree of hydrophobicity of the substratum. Large numbers of bacteria attached to hydrophobic plastics with little or no surface charge [Teflon, polyethylene, polystyrene, poly(ethylene terephthalate)]; moderate numbers attached to hydrophilic metals with a positive (platinum) or neutral (germanium) surface charge; and very few attached to hydrophilic, negatively charged substrata (glass, mica, oxidized plastics). The results suggest that both electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions are involved in bacterial attachment.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol
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