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Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

February, 2003

Volume 6, Issue 2

Research Highlights

Upcoming Technical Advisory Conference

The winter 2003 Technical Advisory Conference (TAC) will be held here in Bozeman, Montana, February 6th-7th. The updated agenda is posted on the CBE web at http://www.erc.montana.edu/Ind-Col99-SW/IAP/tac/AgendaTACFeb03.html. There will be sessions on:

• Distribution System Biofilms
• Biofilm Methods and Regulatory Update
• Medical Applications

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

June, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 6

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight

Critical knowledge: Identifying bacterial diversity
by Mark Burr

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

June, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 6

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight by Phil Stewart


Biofilm causes abnormal fluid transport in porous media

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

June, 2004

Volume 7, Issue 6

Research Highlights

Upcoming Technical Advisory Conference

CBE Industrial Associates will be attending the summer conference, June 29th-July 1st.
Non-member companies who would like an invitation to the meeting should contact Paul Sturman, paul_stu@erc.montana.edu. The conference keynote speaker will be Bonnie Bassler, from Princeton University, NJ. The conference agenda has been posted on the CBE web at:

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

July, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 7

Research Highlights

MSU Wins Millions to Find Treatments for Slow-Healing Wounds

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering a $2.9 million grant to find new ways to heal chronic wounds.

Read the full MSU News story

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

July, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 7

Research Highlights

25 Years of Industrial Interaction

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

August, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 8

Research Highlights

The Center Directorship has been PHIL’D!

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

September, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 8-9

Research Highlights

NSF Awards “Biofilms: The Hypertextbook”

The National Science Foundation has awarded Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering a $498,270 grant to develop a web-based undergraduate teaching and active-learning resource about biofilms. The grant begins September 1, 2006 and expires August 31, 2009.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

September, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 9

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight

by Jeanne Olsen


Antibiotic-sized molecules penetrate the biofilm matrix

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

September, 2004

Volume 7, Issue 7

Research Highlights

In the Media:

Biophotonics International

A cool confocal picture created from the CBE’s new equipment and software made the cover (and inside article) of this journal, illustrating just how compelling microscope images can be. Recent Control lab undergrad Amber Harrer, Phil Stewart and Betsey Pitts collected the image on a Leica confocal scanning laser microscope.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

October, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 10

Research Highlights

New Technologies Available for Licensing

A compound with the potential to improve biocides, fungicides, anti-biofilm agents and other antimicrobial disinfectants, is among seven new biotechnologies developed by faculty at Montana State University and now available for licensing.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

October, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 10

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight

by Jeanne Olsen


Biofilms and biofouling in the oil industry

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

February, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 2

Research Highlights

CBE Team Designs and Tests Microbial Fuel Cells

Imagine if you could drop a sensor in a stream, collect data from it and transfer the data via satellite connection to your laboratory for 10 years without returning to the site. Zbigniew Lewandowski, a civil engineer specializing in environmental engineering, and Haluk Beyenal, a chemical engineer, oversee a multidisciplinary team working to make this possible.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

February, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 2

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight


Project investigates the biofilm detachment process

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

February, 2004

Volume 7, Issue 2

Research Highlights

A Digest:  Biofilms 2003 Themes

by Phil Stewart

The American Society for Microbiology meeting “Biofilms 2003,” held in Victoria, British Columbia in early November 2003, was the largest biofilm meeting ever held.  Seventy-six oral presentations and 369 posters were presented over five days.  This selective summary of the meeting (which is derived from a presenta

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

March, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 3

Research Highlights

Conference in Review

Synthesizing information about biofilms and presenting the industrial relevance of biofilm research was again the focus of this meeting, with outside experts invited to present research topic areas of interest to the Center and its Industrial Associate members.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

March, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 3

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight


Research aims to reduce the risk of infection from implanted devices

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

April, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 4

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight by Haluk Beyenal

The energy from microbial reactions is generally low and cannot be used to power electronics. This paper introduces a unique approach by implementing a power management system into microbial fuel cells to convert microbial energy to power.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

April, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 4

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight by Kevin Grealish


Study investigates the relationship between shock-dose treatments and biofilm detachment in swimming pools

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

April, 2004

Volume 7, Issue 3-4

Research Highlights

Bacterial biofilms: A diagnostic and therapeutic challenge

by Christoph Fux, M.D.

The role of biofilm formation in the pathogenesis of chronic and medical device-related infections is increasingly recognized. The biofilm-mode of growth provides tolerance to both host immune defenses and current antimicrobial strategies.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

May, 2006

Volume 9, Issue 5

Research Highlights

Summer Technical Advisory Conference


The summer 2006 Industrial Associate Technical Advisory Conference (TAC) will be held in Bozeman June 20-22 (Tuesday-Thursday). The TAC will feature sessions on Antimicrobial Surfaces, Biofilms in Food and Food Processing, Industrial Water Treatment, Biofilm Methods, and Environmental Biofilms. Other special presentations include regulatory issues and microscopy.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

May, 2005

Volume 8, Issue 5

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight by Kevin Grealish


Biofilm exists on fresh produce and household surfaces

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

May, 2004

Volume 7, Issue 5

Research Highlights

Magnetic Resonance Microscopy of Biofilms

Paper Spotlight by Joseph Seymour and Sarah Codd

Direct measurement of transport phenomena within and around biofilms presents an experimental challenge due in part to their three-dimensional structure and opacity.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

March, 2007

Volume 10, Issue 3

Research Highlights

New Industrial Associate Members


We are pleased to announce that two new companies, Bausch & Lomb and Reckitt Benckiser, have joined the Industrial Associate’s Program as our newest members.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

April, 2008

Volume 11, Issue 4-5

New Director's Message

Dr. Phil Stewart recalls an early lesson he learned as a shy science student in middle school – by working together we can all be winners. Read his latest message about how the CBE enjoys working together with collaborators and constituents in an environment of partnership.

Read the Director’s Message

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

April, 2007

Volume 10, Issue 4

Dear Readers,

Our thoughts have been with our friends and colleagues at Virginia Tech who have sustained such a great loss this past week. Montana State University’s flag has been lowered to half-mast in honor of those who lost their lives in this tragedy and President Geoff Gamble has sent a letter of condolence and support to Charles Steger, the University's President, conveying the sympathies of our community.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

June, 2008

Volume 11, Issue 6-7

Industry Highlights

Upcoming Technical Advisory Conference

The summer 2008 Technical Advisory Conference (TAC) for our Industrial Associate members and invited guests will be held in Bozeman MT, July 15–17, 2008 (Tuesday-Thursday). The TAC will feature sessions on coatings for biofilm inhibition, environmental biofilms, water/industrial biofilms, biofilm methods and microscopy, nitrogen compounds and their biofilm impact, and physics of biofilm control.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

June, 2007

Volume 10, Issue 5-6

Research Highlights

Paper Spotlight

A Laboratory Hot Tub Model for Disinfectant Efficacy Evaluation: Paper Summary
By Darla Goeres

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

August, 2007

Volume 10, Issue 7-8

Research Highlights

Technical Advisory Conference Highlights

The summer 2007 Technical Advisory Conference (TAC) for our Industrial Associate members and invited guests was held in Bozeman July 24-26, 2007 (Tuesday-Thursday). The TAC featured sessions on Wound Biofilms, Biofilm Behavior and Control, Biofilm Methods, Biofilm in Water Venues, and Fungal Biofilms. Other special presentations included regulatory issues and microscopy.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

News Update:

October, 2007

Volume 10, Issue 9-10

Research Highlights

Biofilm Mechanics Workshop Summary

The Center hosted an informal, dynamic workshop on biofilm mechanics, June 28–30, 2007. Twenty-six participants from the U.S. and abroad came together to share ideas and recent results concerning biofilms.