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      Capsular polysaccharides secreted by building façade colonisers: characterisation and adsorption to surfaces.

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          Exopolymers secreted by algal and cyanobacterial strains isolated from building façades were imaged by microscopy techniques. They were extracted and characterised to investigate their possible contribution to interactions with solid surfaces. The polymers were polysaccharides, with anionic and hydrophobic properties varying between the various strains. Capsular polysaccharides extracted from a strain of Klebsormidium flaccidum adsorbed in higher amounts on hydrophobic than on hydrophilic surfaces. These results tend to confirm the hypothesis that exopolymers are important in the colonisation process of microorganisms to surfaces.

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          Journal
          Biofouling
          Biofouling
          Informa UK Limited
          0892-7014
          0892-7014
          2006
          : 22
          : 5-6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), Département Enveloppe et Revêtements, Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 2, France. helene_barberousse@yahoo.fr
          Article
          L775663122310233
          10.1080/08927010601035803
          17178569
          baa40e5c-d9f7-4664-93e4-6852af892969

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