Planktonic versus attached population

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Microbes can live free as planktonic populations or be attached to a surface as attached populations. During different phases of colonisation of a population these states may change.

Planktonic (free-living) populations:

  • can more easily colonize new environments

Attached populations:

  • May be protected from predators
  • are anchored so that the microbe can be flushed with nutrition or an energy-source and not be surrounded by the same particles.
  • may be attached to a nutrition- and energy-source.
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