Biofilm Formation and the Food Industry, a Focus on the Bacterial Outer Surface

J Appl Microbiol. 2010 Oct;109(4):1117-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2010.04756.x. Epub 2010 Aug 19.


The ability of many bacteria to adhere to surfaces and to form biofilms has major implications in a variety of industries including the food industry, where biofilms create a persistent source of contamination. The formation of a biofilm is determined not only by the nature of the attachment surface, but also by the characteristics of the bacterial cell and by environmental factors. This review focuses on the features of the bacterial cell surface such as flagella, surface appendages and polysaccharides that play a role in this process, in particular for bacteria linked to food-processing environments. In addition, some aspects of the attachment surface, biofilm control and eradication will be highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / chemistry
  • Bacterial Adhesion*
  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Biofilms / growth & development*
  • Flagella / physiology
  • Food Microbiology*