Finding extra-terrestrial life

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With the announcement this week of potentially 7 habitable planets orbiting a single star, the search for extra-terrestrial life is back in the headlines. Although the potential of running into little green or grey men is arguable, most scientists recognise that if life should exist anywhere then it will most likely be as microbial form. […]

photosynthetic biofilms

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– O2, H2S and pH microprofiles in biofilm. Microbial mats undergo daily cycles that are characterized by dramatic changes in oxygen, pH and H2S dynamics. The mats are highly active systems with functional layers of only a few hundred microns. To investigate the dynamics within these layers it is important that measurements in the mat […]

what is biofilm?

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Ever wondered what that slime is in your bathroom, or that plaque on your teeth? Most likely it is a biofilm – a community of bacteria growing within a slime on a surface that is constantly moist. Biofilms are everywhere – from that plaque on your teeth, to sewage pipes, to the guts of cows. […]