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[Induction of microbial growth on the walls of plastic tubes by drinking water].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zentralblatt für Bakteriologie, Mikrobiologie und Hygiene. 1. Abt. Originale B, Hygiene
Publication Date
Volume
178
Issue
4
Pages
380–388
Identifiers
PMID: 6670415
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Drinking water flowing through flexible plastic tubes (PVC) causes the development of a thin film-like coating within 24 h. At this stage microorganisms could either not or rarely be seen. After 48 h the number of microorganisms has become greater. With increasing time of experiment the microbial community becomes more dense until after 72 h it covers the whole surface. Now the microorganisms are embedded in extracellular polymeric substances. The primary film seems to be important for the development of microorganisms in equipment and apparatus.

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