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Bacteriophages as weapons against bacterial biofilms in the food industry

AuthorsGutiérrez, Diana ; Rodríguez, Lorena ; Martínez Fernández, Beatriz ; García Suárez, María Pilar
KeywordsFood industry
Phage lytic proteins
Issue Date8-Jun-2016
CitationFrontiers in Microbiology 7: 825 (2016)
AbstractMicrobiological contamination in the food industry is often attributed to the presence of biofilms in processing plants. Bacterial biofilms are complex communities of bacteria attached to a surface and surrounded by an extracellular polymeric material. Their extreme resistance to cleaning and disinfecting processes is related to a unique organization, which implies a differential bacterial growth and gene expression inside the biofilm. The impact of biofilms on health, and the economic consequences, has promoted the development of different approaches to control or remove biofilm formation. Recently, successful results in phage therapy have boosted new research in bacteriophages and phage lytic proteins for biofilm eradication. In this regard, this review examines the environmental factors that determine biofilm development in food-processing equipment. In addition, future perspectives for the use of bacteriophage-derived tools as disinfectants are discussed.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.00825
Identifiersissn: 1664-302X
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