Extremes of pH present a challenge to microbial life and our understanding of survival strategies for microbial consortia, particularly at high pH, remains limited. The utilization of extracellular polymeric substances within complex biofilms allows micro-organisms to obtain a greater level of control over their immediate environment. This manipulation of the immediate environment may confer a survival advantage in adverse conditions to biofilms. Within the present study alkaliphilic biofilms were created at pH 11.0, 12.0, or 13.0 from an existing alkaliphilic community. In each pH system, the biofilm matrix provided pH buffering, with the internal pH being 1.0–1.5 pH units lower than the aqueous environment. Increasing pH resulted in a reduced removal of substrate and standing biomass associated with the biofilm. At the highest pH investigated (pH 13.0), the biofilms matrix contained a greater degree of eDNA and the microbial community was dominated by Dietzia sp. and Anaerobranca sp.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2022|