Marine and Industrial Biofouling

  • Hans-Curt Flemming
  • P. Sriyutha Murthy
  • R. Venkatesan
  • Keith Cooksey

Part of the Springer Series on Biofilms book series (BIOFILMS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Microbial Biofouling and Microbially Influenced Corrosion

    1. Z. Lewandowski, H. Beyenal
      Pages 35-64
    2. P. Sriyutha Murthy, R. Venkatesan
      Pages 65-101
    3. H. -C. Flemming, H. Ridgway
      Pages 103-117
    4. K. E. Cooksey, B. Wigglesworth-Cooksey, R. A. Long
      Pages 165-177
    5. H. -C. Flemming, M. Greenhalgh
      Pages 189-199
  3. Macrofouling

    1. Brian T. Nedved, Michael G. Hadfield
      Pages 203-217
    2. P. Sriyutha Murthy, V. P. Venugopalan, K. V. K. Nair, T. Subramoniam
      Pages 233-263
    3. R. Venkatesan, P. Sriyutha Murthy
      Pages 265-291
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 329-333

About this book


Biofouling is a costly problem, and it is encountered in a wide spectrum of technical systems, ranging from the shipping industry, power industry, water purification, automobile industry, paint and pharmaceuticals, to the microelectronics and food industries. Micro- and macroorganisms attach to surfaces and accumulate there, forming biofilms that cause interferences – a fundamentally natural process. Usually, a medical paradigm is applied: kill biofilms and the problem is solved. This leads to excessive biocide use. However, the success of this strategy is very limited; furthermore it leads to equipment damage and environmental pollution. Simply trying to kill the fouling organisms is clearly not seen as a successful strategy while cleaning is put forward as much more important. In this book, strategies to prevent adhesion, to mitigate the extent and effects of biofouling, and to detect and remove fouling layers are presented. Holistic approaches to the fouling process are elaborated, taking into account options such as nutrient limitation, repellent and easy-to-clean surfaces for fouling layer limitation, and replacing biocides with more environmentally friendly methods – in other words: learning how to live with fouling biofilms without suffering the damage they can do.


Biofilm biocides biocorrosion biofouling integrated anti fouling macrofouling microorganism pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Curt Flemming
    • 1
  • P. Sriyutha Murthy
    • 2
  • R. Venkatesan
    • 3
  • Keith Cooksey
    • 4
  1. 1.Biofilm CentreUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Ocean Science & Technology for IslandsNational Institute of Ocean Technology Ministry of Ocean DevelopmentChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Organising Secretary RAMAT Group Head Ocean Science & Technology for IslandsNational Institute of Ocean Technology PallikaranaiChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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