Marine biofouling: a sticky problem

Biologist (London). 2002 Feb;49(1):10-4.


Organisms that colonise underwater surfaces, such as barnacle larvae and spores of algae, use a diverse array of biological 'glues' to provide both temporary and more permanent adhesion. The practical consequence of colonisation by these organisms is biofouling - something that has plagued mariners for years - causing increased drag and, in extreme cases, corrosion. Might there be a biological solution to this biological problem?

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biofilms / growth & development*
  • Corrosion
  • Diatoms / growth & development*
  • Diatoms / ultrastructure
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Ships
  • Thoracica / growth & development*