My 5 Highlights from the 7th ASM Conference on Biofilms
The 7th ASM Conference on Biofilms took place in Chicago, IL October 24-29, 2015. Here, some highlights are given from the meeting.
- Keynote lecture by Diane Newman (California Institute of Technology) highlighted that there is no ideal or model biofilm, but rather a myriads of biofilm systems. The ASM Conference on Biofilms was indeed highlighting the versatility of biofilm systems (or games) and the strategies of diverse organisms used to develop complex biofilms.
- Next to the sessions on basic biofilm related questions (adhesion factors, gene regulation, infections, and antibiotic resistance), new topics received increasing attention, like mixed species biofilm communities in nature, evolution, social- and asocial interactions. Moreover, the presented biofilm experiments ranged from laboratory systems, including human made repellent surfaces to dog urinary catheters and sheep endotracheal tubes.
- Short videos, which were produced partly for general public and partly to support the microscopic observations, are engaging scientists on a Biofilm conference.
- There is a great effort to screen and identify antibiofilm or antimicrobial compounds, but also biofilm induction is used to screen for novel compounds.
- Primary and specialized metabolites are important asset during biofilm formation. The Biofilm Conference has provided an important highlight on state of the art methodologies that enables researchers to study metabolite dynamics and distribution at a spatial scale.