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Commonality of elastic relaxation times in biofilms

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Biofilms, sticky conglomerations of microorganisms and extracellular polymers, are among the Earth's most common life forms. One component for their survival is an ability to withstand external mechanical stress. Measurements indicate that biofilm elastic relaxation times are approximately the same (about 18 min) over a wide sample of biofilms though other material properties vary significantly. A possible survival significance of this time scale is that it is the shortest period over which a biofilm can mount a phenotypic response to transient mechanical stress.

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Shaw, T., Winston, M., Rupp, C.J., Klapper, I. and Stoodley, P. (2004) Commonality of elastic relaxation times in biofilms Physical Review Letters, 93, (9), p.098102. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.098102).

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Published date: 27 August 2004
Organisations: Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp

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Local EPrints ID: 157119
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/157119
PURE UUID: d7ff635b-d4e5-4a16-9ff8-ff2ef8f64988

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2010 09:25
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:41

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Author: T. Shaw
Author: M. Winston
Author: C.J. Rupp
Author: I. Klapper
Author: P. Stoodley

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