Bovine Mastitis and Biofilms

  • Marielle B. MelchiorEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Biofilms book series (BIOFILMS, volume 6)


Biofilm formation in bovine mastitis Staphylococcus aureus isolates was studied since the beginnings of biofilm research, even before the name “biofilm” was actually invented. Compared to other major bovine mastitis pathogens, such as E. coli and Streptococcus uberis relatively much research information is available on S. aureus biofilm formation, biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility and the role of several biofilm related genes. Recent research on biofilm formation from E. coli and Str. uberis shed an interesting light on the whole dynamic process of bacterial invasion, adherence, persistence and evasive strategies of these bacteria, and reveal parallels and differences between these bacteria and S. aureus. In this chapter we present the current knowledge on biofilm formation in the bovine udder as an holistic and dynamic process, with more or less strain specific adaptive strategies and mechanisms which all support perseverance and survival of these bacterial species under stressful circumstances.


Hyaluronic Acid Capsular Polysaccharide Bovine Mastitis Milk Whey Aureus Mastitis 
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