About this video
The National Biofilm Innovation Centre is an Innovation Knowledge Centre dedicated to harnessing the UK's strength in biofilms research. Funded by BBSRC, Innovate UK and the Hartree Centre, its mission is to establish a network of academia and industry to achieve breakthrough innovation in the study of biofilms.
What is a biofilm? Biofilms are a community of microorganisms that literally stick together using a slimy extracellular matrix. They often grow on surfaces - a familiar example is plaque on our teeth. By studying them, the National Biofilm Innovation Centre hopes to find solutions to the problems they cause - from health and hygiene to industrial efficiency - and find ways to deploy them in beneficial ways - like clearing up oil spills.
You can find out more about the National Biofilms Innovation Centre on their website: https://www.biofilms.ac.uk/