Biofilm community succession: a neutral perspective

Woodcock, S. and Sloan, W. T. (2017) Biofilm community succession: a neutral perspective. Microbiology, 163(5), pp. 664-668. (doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000472) (PMID:28530167)

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Although biofilms represent one of the dominant forms of life in aqueous environments, our understanding of the assembly and development of their microbial communities remains relatively poor. In recent years, several studies have addressed this and have extended the concepts of succession theory in classical ecology into microbial systems. From these datasets, niche-based conceptual models have been developed explaining observed biodiversity patterns and their dynamics. These models have not, however, been formulated mathematically and so remain untested. Here, we further develop spatially resolved neutral community models and demonstrate that these can also explain these patterns and offer alternative explanations of microbial succession. The success of neutral models suggests that stochastic effects alone may have a much greater influence on microbial community succession than previously acknowledged. Furthermore, such models are much more readily parameterised and can be used as the foundation of more complex and realistic models of microbial community succession.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sloan, Professor William
Authors: Woodcock, S., and Sloan, W. T.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Microbiology
Publisher:Microbiology Society
ISSN (Online):1465-2080
Published Online:22 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Microbiology 163(5): 664-668
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
642321Sustainable and resilient water systems for small communities.William SloanEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K038885/1ENG - ENGINEERING INFRASTRUCTURE & ENVIR