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The Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting and Conference, July 25-28, 2012

SMB 2012 Minisymposia

MS18: Continuum model descriptions of bacterial biofilms - July 26, 3:40-5:20 p.m.   SESSION F
Organizers: Rangarajan Sudarsan (Mathematics and Statistics, Univ. of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada);   Nick Cogan (Mathematics, Florida State Univ. Tallahassee, FL, USA)
Presenters: Ben Vaughan, Herman Eberl, Fordyce Davidson, John Ward

Summary. Bacterial biofilms are microbial layers that form on immersed interfaces where environmental conditions sustain microbial growth. They consist of bacteria that are embedded in and protected by a self-produced layer of extracellular polymeric substances. Biofilms can be considered as spatially structured microbial populations and as complex fluids. Both points of view will be represented in this mini-symposium that focuses on deterministic continuum descriptions of biofilm processes in models. Topics covered will range from biofilm quorum sensing response to fluid flow, to molecular aspects of genetic regulators.