Microbial iron respiration: impacts on corrosion processes

Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2003 Aug;62(2-3):134-9. doi: 10.1007/s00253-003-1314-7. Epub 2003 May 7.


In this review, we focus on how biofilms comprising iron-respiring bacteria influence steel corrosion. Specifically, we discuss how biofilm growth can affect the chemistry of the environment around the steel at different stages of biofilm development, under static or dynamic fluid regimes. We suggest that a mechanistic understanding of the role of biofilm metabolic activity may facilitate corrosion control.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / metabolism*
  • Biofilms
  • Corrosion
  • Ecosystem
  • Iron / metabolism*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Steel


  • Steel
  • Iron