Matrix-embedded, surface-attached microbial communities, known as biofilms, profusely colonise industrial cooling water systems, where the availability of nutrients and organic matter favours rapid microbial proliferation and their adhesion to surfaces in the evaporative fill material, heat exchangers, water reservoir and cooling water sections and pipelines. The extensive growth of biofilms can promote micro-biofouling and microbially induced corrosion (MIC) as well as pose health problems associated with the presence of pathogens like Legionella pneumophila. This review examines critically biofilm occurrence in cooling water systems and the main factors potentially affecting biofilm growth, biodiversity and structure. A broad evaluation of the most relevant biofilm monitoring and control strategies currently used or potentially useful in cooling water systems is also provided.

Di Pippo, F., Di Gregorio, L., Congestri, R., Tandoi, V., Rossetti, S. (2018). Biofilm growth and control in cooling water industrial systems. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, 94(5) [10.1093/femsec/fiy044].

Biofilm growth and control in cooling water industrial systems

Di Gregorio, L.;Congestri, R.;
2018-01-01

Abstract

Matrix-embedded, surface-attached microbial communities, known as biofilms, profusely colonise industrial cooling water systems, where the availability of nutrients and organic matter favours rapid microbial proliferation and their adhesion to surfaces in the evaporative fill material, heat exchangers, water reservoir and cooling water sections and pipelines. The extensive growth of biofilms can promote micro-biofouling and microbially induced corrosion (MIC) as well as pose health problems associated with the presence of pathogens like Legionella pneumophila. This review examines critically biofilm occurrence in cooling water systems and the main factors potentially affecting biofilm growth, biodiversity and structure. A broad evaluation of the most relevant biofilm monitoring and control strategies currently used or potentially useful in cooling water systems is also provided.
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Esperti anonimi
Settore BIO/01
English
Biodiversity; Biofilm; Cooling water system; Monitoring and control measures; Biofilms; Fresh Water; Legionella pneumophila; Water Microbiology; Water Supply; Microbiology; Ecology; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
http://femsec.oxfordjournals.org/
Di Pippo, F., Di Gregorio, L., Congestri, R., Tandoi, V., Rossetti, S. (2018). Biofilm growth and control in cooling water industrial systems. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, 94(5) [10.1093/femsec/fiy044].
Di Pippo, F; Di Gregorio, L; Congestri, R; Tandoi, V; Rossetti, S
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