Mycobacteria

Nick Jakubovics np at dna.bio.warwick.ac.uk
Fri Sep 5 16:44:49 EST 1997


I am a final year PhD student investigating potable water biofilms.  I 
have found that introducing glass discs into flowing tap water results in 
the accumulation of large numbers of acid fast bacilli at the surfaces.  
Some of these cells are released into the water column resulting in 
increased numbers of culturable Mycobacteria relative to the background 
levels.  Perhaps the hydrophobic nature of the Mycobacterial cell surface 
might make these bacteria ideally suited to attachment and 
surface-associated growth?

I would be very grateful if anyone has information / references on 
Mycobacteria in environmental biofilms.

Many thanks,

Nick Jakubovics



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